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heavyweight

[ hev-ee-weyt ]
/ ˈhɛv iˌweɪt /
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adjective

noun

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Origin of heavyweight

First recorded in 1850–55; heavy + weight
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British Dictionary definitions for heavyweight

heavyweight
/ (ˈhɛvɪˌweɪt) /

noun

a person or thing that is heavier than average
  1. a professional boxer weighing more than 175 pounds (79 kg)
  2. an amateur boxer weighing more than 81 kg (179 pounds)
  3. (as modifier)the world heavyweight championship
a wrestler in a similar weight category (usually over 214 pounds (97 kg))
informal an important or highly influential person
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