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fielder (n.)

early 14c., "one who works in a field," agent noun from field (n.). Sporting sense is from 1832 (in cricket; by 1868 in baseball). Earlier in cricket was simply field (1825) and fieldsman (1767).

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Definitions of fielder from WordNet

fielder (n.)
a member of the baseball team that is in the field instead of at bat;
fielder (n.)
a member of the cricket team that is fielding rather than batting;
Synonyms: fieldsman
From wordnet.princeton.edu