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Topic: OTHER SPORTS

Date: 1800-1900
Origin: welter 'heavy rider or boxer' (19-20 centuries) (probably from welt 'to hit' (19-20 centuries)) + weight

welterweight

noun
     
wel‧ter‧weight [countable]
DSO a boxer who weighs less than 66.68 kilograms, and who is heavier than a lightweight but lighter than a middleweight
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