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[blee-cher] /ˈbli tʃər/
Usually, bleachers. a typically roofless section of inexpensive and unreserved seats in tiers, especially at an open-air athletic stadium.
a person or thing that bleaches.
a container, as a vat or tank, used in bleaching.
Origin of bleacher
1540-50; 1885-90 for def 1; bleach + -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The stadium seating is primarily metal bleachers, although there are some bucket seats behind home plate.
  • And here's a photo from over a year ago, showing similar style bleachers from a different angle.
  • Tickets to sit in the bleachers cost money, but roughing it on the sidewalk is priceless.
  • Slip this sweatshirt over anything for the ultimate in relaxation whether you're on the bay or in the bleachers.
  • They had bleachers for the sailors and even served popcorn.
  • Nor can they tell you whether sitting in the bleachers is a good idea on a first date.
  • No crime, a good school, basketball games that would draw nearly everyone in town to fill the bleachers.
  • We spread our wet gear on the raggedy wooden bleachers to dry.
  • On a darkened set of bleachers behind him a vague chorus laments the donkey's fate.
  • The bleachers were packed with soldiers wearing fatigues.
British Dictionary definitions for bleachers


plural noun
(sometimes sing) a tier of seats in a sports stadium, etc, that are unroofed and inexpensive
the people occupying such seats
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Word Origin and History for bleachers



1540s, "one who bleaches," agent noun from bleach (v.). The "bench for spectators at a sports field" sense (usually bleachers) is attested since 1889, American English; so named because the boards were bleached by the sun.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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