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welterweight

[ wel-ter-weyt ]
/ ˈwɛl tərˌweɪt /
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noun

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).
(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.
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.

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Origin of welterweight

First recorded in 1815–25; welter2 + weight
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British Dictionary definitions for welterweight

welterweight
/ (ˈwɛltəˌweɪt) /

noun

  1. a professional boxer weighing 140–147 pounds (63.5–66.5 kg)
  2. an amateur boxer weighing 63.5–67 kg (140–148 pounds)
  3. (as modifier)a great welterweight era
a wrestler in a similar weight category (usually 154–172 pounds (70–78 kg))
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