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defenseman

[dih-fens-muh n, -man] /dɪˈfɛns mən, -ˌmæn/
noun, plural defensemen
[dih-fens-muh n, -men] /dɪˈfɛns mən, -ˌmɛn/ (Show IPA).
Sports.
1.
a player in certain games, as ice hockey or lacrosse, who lines up in a defensive zone or position.
Origin
1890-1895
1890-95; defense + man1
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