[ tuhch-doun ]
/ ˈtʌtʃˌdaʊn /


Football. an act or instance of scoring six points by being in possession of the ball on or behind the opponent's goal line.
Rugby. the act of a player who touches the ball on or to the ground inside his own in-goal.
the act or the moment of landing: the aircraft's touchdown.


Nearby words

  1. touch-tackle,
  2. touch-tone,
  3. touch-type,
  4. touch-up,
  5. touchback,
  6. touche,
  7. touched,
  8. touched by, be,
  9. touched in the head,
  10. touchhole

Origin of touchdown

First recorded in 1860–65; touch + down1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for touchdown


/ (ˈtʌtʃˌdaʊn) /


the moment at which a landing aircraft or spacecraft comes into contact with the landing surface
rugby the act of placing or touching the ball on the ground behind the goal line, as in scoring a try
American football a scoring play worth six points, achieved by being in possession of the ball in the opposing team's end zoneAbbreviation: TD See also field goal (def. 2)

verb touch down (intr, adverb)

(of a space vehicle, aircraft, etc) to land
rugby to place the ball behind the goal line, as when scoring a try
informal to pause during a busy schedule in order to catch up, reorganize, or rest
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for touchdown



1864, from touch (v.) + down (adv.). Originally in rugby, where the ball is literally touched down on the other side of the goal.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper