- a boxer or other contestant intermediate in weight between a lightweight and a middleweight, especially a professional boxer weighing up to 147 pounds (67 kg).
- (in a steeplechase or hurdle race) a weight of 28 pounds (13 kg) 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.
Origin of welterweight
Examples from the Web for welterweight
Buzz Bissinger writes a four-page sentence that ruins a requiem for welterweight Barney Ross.Redeeming 'Jewish Jocks'
October 31, 2012
Hey, and don't forget there's the welterweight fight between Murdoch's New York Post and Mort Zuckerman's Daily News.Newspaper War!
April 26, 2010
- 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
- a wrestler in a similar weight category (usually 154–172 pounds (70–78 kg))
Word Origin and History for welterweight
1832, "heavyweight horseman," later "boxer or wrestler of a certain weight" (1896), from earlier welter "heavyweight horseman or boxer" (1804), possibly from welt (v.) "beat severely" (c.1400).