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Origin of reliever

First recorded in 1475–85; see origin at relieve, -er1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  1. baseball another name for relief pitcher
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Word Origin and History for reliever

late 15c., agent noun from relieve. Baseball sense ("relief pitcher") is attested by 1945.

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