[ wel-ter-weyt ]

  1. a boxer or other contestant intermediate in weight between a lightweight and a middleweight, especially a professional boxer weighing up to 147 pounds (67 kilograms).

  2. (in a steeplechase or hurdle race) a weight of 28 pounds (13 kilograms) that is assigned to a horse in addition to the poundage assigned based on the age of the horse.

  1. a rider of steeplechase or hurdle-race horses who, though acting as a jockey, is of comparatively average weight and not small or lightweight as a professional jockey; heavyweight rider.

Origin of welterweight

First recorded in 1815–25; welter2 + weight

Words Nearby welterweight

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How to use welterweight in a sentence

  • As a welterweight, Milt had learned to depend on speed and quick hands.

    Vital Ingredient | Gerald Vance

British Dictionary definitions for welterweight


/ (ˈwɛltəˌweɪt) /

    • a professional boxer weighing 140–147 pounds (63.5–66.5 kg)

    • an amateur boxer weighing 63.5–67 kg (140–148 pounds)

    • (as modifier): a great welterweight era

  1. a wrestler in a similar weight category (usually 154–172 pounds (70–78 kg))

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