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

  • n. A weight division in professional boxing having an upper limit of 126 pounds (56.7 kilograms), between junior featherweight and junior lightweight.
  • n. A boxer competing in this weight division.
  • n. A similar weight division in other sports, such as weightlifting.
  • n. A contestant in this weight division.
  • n. A person or thing of little weight or size.
  • n. An insignificant person: a political featherweight.
  • adj. Of or relating to featherweights.
  • adj. Unimportant; trivial: featherweight political issues.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A weight division in professional boxing of a maximum of 126 pounds or 57 kilograms.
  • n. A boxer who fights in this division.

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

  • n. a professional boxer who weighs between 123 and 126 pounds
  • n. weighs 126-139 pounds
  • n. an amateur boxer who weighs no more than 126 pounds


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  • *** And, because they didn't make kicky "featherweight" lenses back then, my lenses always came accompanied by GIGANTOR plastic frames.


  • * Those are "featherweight" lenses you see in that picture, there.


  • Spinrad says nice things about books by Paul Di Filippo and Eileen Gunn, wondering all the while why they were not published by big publishers rather than the "featherweight" small presses that did publish them, and why Di Filippo hasn't been more present on Hugo and Nebula ballots.

    Norman Spinrad, Messiah

  • The word "featherweight" always carries with it the association with Willie Pep.

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  • These include "rookie of the year" and the "featherweight" award, presented to the team with the lightest, fastest buggy.

    The Earth Times Online Newspaper

  • Both it and its "featherweight" X201s sibling are lightweight, too: the X201 is under 3 pounds and the X201s shaves that down to under 2.5 pounds.


  • "featherweight" paper, copyrighted by Frank Smythson in 1916, and add that these characteristics have made it "internationally popular with many distinguished writers, journalists, travellers and explorers".

    The Guardian World News

  • But seeing his admittedly featherweight wine resume, Lynch sent him to cut his teeth at Lupa first.

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  • •At Bali, Indonesia — Chris John (43-0-2) vs. Fernando Saucedo (38-4-3), 12 rounds, for WBA super world featherweight title

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  • •At Bayamon, Puerto Rico — Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. (18-0-1) vs. Zsolt Bedak (15-0), 12 rounds for WBO junior featherweight title.

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