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middleweight

[mid-l-weyt] /ˈmɪd lˌweɪt/
noun
1.
a boxer or other contestant intermediate in weight between a welterweight and a light heavyweight, especially a professional boxer weighing up to 160 pounds (72.5 kg).
adjective
2.
Boxing. of or relating to middleweights:
the middleweight division.
3.
(of a horse, especially a hunter) able to carry up to 185 pounds (83.9 kg).
Origin
1870-1875
1870-75; middle + weight
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British Dictionary definitions for middle weight

middleweight

/ˈmɪdəlˌweɪt/
noun
1.
  1. a professional boxer weighing 154–160 pounds (70–72.5 kg)
  2. an amateur boxer weighing 71–75 kg (157–165 pounds)
  3. (as modifier): a middleweight contest
2.
a wrestler in a similar weight category (usually 172–192 pounds (78–87 kg))
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Word Origin and History for middle weight

middleweight

n.

also middle weight, 1842, from middle + weight.

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