welter weight

welterweight

[wel-ter-weyt]
noun
1.
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).
2.
(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.
3.
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:
1815–25; welter2 + weight

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welterweight (ˈwɛltəˌweɪt)
 
n
1.  a.  a professional boxer weighing 140--147 pounds (63.5--66.5 kg)
 b.  an amateur boxer weighing 63.5--67 kg (140--148 pounds)
 c.  (as modifier): a great welterweight era
2.  a wrestler in a similar weight category (usually 154--172 pounds (70--78 kg))

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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).
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