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noun Sports.
  1. an offensive player, as in basketball or ice hockey, who executes plays designed to put one or more teammates in a position to score.
  2. Archaic. a playwright; dramatist.
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Origin of playmaker

First recorded in 1520–30; play + maker
Related formsplay·mak·ing, noun
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Related Words for playmaker

point, playmaker, explorer, guide, leader, player, scout, pathfinder, trailblazer

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  1. sport a player whose role is to create scoring opportunities for his or her team-mates
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