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  1. Usually bleachers. a typically roofless section of inexpensive and unreserved seats in tiers, especially at an open-air athletic stadium.
  2. a person or thing that bleaches.
  3. a container, as a vat or tank, used in bleaching.

Origin of bleacher

1540–50; 1885–90 for def 1; bleach + -er1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for bleachers

grandstand, boxes

Examples from the Web for bleachers

Contemporary Examples of bleachers

Historical Examples of bleachers

  • "I think I'll get out myself," said Hooker, descending from the bleachers.

  • She hears from the bleachers a thunderous roar, and thinks it announces his fate.

    Rippling Rhymes

    Walt Mason

  • The last campus practice was half over, the bleachers were crowded.

    Stanford Stories

    Charles K. Field

  • The Juniors returned to the bleachers, shaking their heads in disgust.

    Stanford Stories

    Charles K. Field

  • Jack Smith, in spotless tennis flannels, sat on the bleachers.

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    Charles K. Field

British Dictionary definitions for bleachers


pl n
  1. (sometimes singular) a tier of seats in a sports stadium, etc, that are unroofed and inexpensive
  2. the people occupying such seats
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Word Origin and History for bleachers



1540s, "one who bleaches," agent noun from bleach (v.). The "bench for spectators at a sports field" sense (usually bleachers) is attested since 1889, American English; so named because the boards were bleached by the sun.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper