Etymology
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catcher (n.)

"one who catches," in any sense, mid-14c., agent noun from catch (v.). Baseball sense is from 1867.

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Definitions of catcher

catcher (n.)
(baseball) the person who plays the position of catcher;
Synonyms: backstop
catcher (n.)
the position on a baseball team of the player who is stationed behind home plate and who catches the balls that the pitcher throws;
a catcher plays behind the plate
a catcher needs a lot of protective equipment
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