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  1. a person or thing that relieves.
  2. Baseball. relief pitcher.
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Origin of reliever

First recorded in 1475–85; see origin at relieve, -er1
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Historical Examples

  • This Reliever then came up to the women and asked them how they did.

    The Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan

    John Bunyan

  • What say you to Mithridates of Pergamos, my reliever and rescuer, the great son of Eupator?

    Caesar and Cleopatra

    George Bernard Shaw

  • Reliever, a coat worn in turn by any party of poor devils whose wardrobes are in pawn.

    The Slang Dictionary

    John Camden Hotten

  • Reliever:—Go back you need not, for in no place where you go will you find a want at all.

British Dictionary definitions for reliever


  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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