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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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  • In the bleachers close to the first base massed a shirt-sleeved crowd of students, row on row of them, thousands in number.

    The Young Pitcher Zane Grey
  • "I think I'll get out myself," said Hooker, descending from the bleachers.

  • A handful of Wayne students sat in the bleachers mocking their own team.

    The Young Pitcher Zane Grey
  • She hears from the bleachers a thunderous roar, and thinks it announces his fate.

    Rippling Rhymes Walt Mason
  • She set herself up on the bleachers, and Fiona found her with a thermos of coffee and a flask of whisky.

    Makers Cory Doctorow
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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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