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Noun: goaltender  'gówl,ten-dur
Usage: N. Amer
  1. The soccer or hockey player assigned to protect the goal
    - goalkeeper, goalie, netkeeper, netminder, keeper
     
  2. The defensive position on an ice hockey, soccer or lacrosse team who stands in front of the goal and tries to prevent opposing players from scoring
    - goalkeeper, goalie, keeper

Derived forms: goaltenders

Type of: football player [Brit], footballer [Brit], hockey player, ice-hockey player, position, soccer player

Encyclopedia: Goaltender