[ mid-l-weyt ]
/ ˈmɪd lˌweɪt /
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a boxer or other contestant intermediate in weight between a welterweight and a light heavyweight, especially a professional boxer weighing up to 160 pounds (72.5 kilograms).


Boxing. of or relating to middleweights: the middleweight division.
(of a horse, especially a hunter) able to carry up to 185 pounds (83.9 kilograms).



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Origin of middleweight

First recorded in 1870–75; middle + weight
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British Dictionary definitions for middleweight

/ (ˈmɪdəlˌweɪt) /


  1. a professional boxer weighing 154–160 pounds (70–72.5 kg)
  2. an amateur boxer weighing 71–75 kg (157–165 pounds)
  3. (as modifier)a middleweight contest
a wrestler in a similar weight category (usually 172–192 pounds (78–87 kg))
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