linebacker

[ lahyn-bak-er ]
/ ˈlaɪnˌbæk ər /

noun Football.

a player on defense who takes a position close behind the linemen.
the position played by this player.

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Origin of linebacker

First recorded in 1960–65; line1 + backer
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British Dictionary definitions for linebacker

linebacker
/ (ˈlaɪnˌbækə) /

noun

a defensive player in American or Canadian football who is positioned just behind the line of scrimmage
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