Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Baseball The third of the outfield that is to the left, looking from home plate.
  • n. Baseball The position played by the left fielder.
  • n. Informal A position far from the center or mainstream, as of opinion or reason: opinions that are out in left field.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The part of a baseball field which is beyond the infield and to your left if you stand on home plate and face the pitcher
  • n. The defensive position in the outfield to the left.
  • n. An unexpected, bizarre, or unwatched source (especially in the phrases out of left field and from left field).
  • n. An unusual or unexpected position, or a viewpoint held by very few others in contrast to the majority viewpoint (especially in the phrases out in left field and way out in left field)

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. the part of the outfield on the catcher's or batter's left.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the fielding position of the player on a baseball team who is expected to field balls in the left third of the outfield (looking from home plate)
  • n. the piece of ground in the outfield on the catcher's left
  • n. the piece of ground in the outfield on the catcher's left
  • n. the fielding position of the player on a baseball team who is expected to field balls in the left third of the outfield (looking from home plate)

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Examples

  • Coming straight out of what might seem like left field, let's look at the whole of the Aeneid in terms of another great attempt to articulate human community: Plato's Republic.

    felix hominum

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