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A player in a sport with goals, such as a guard in basketball, who initiates offensive plays.

play′mak′ing n.
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(General Sporting Terms) sport a player whose role is to create scoring opportunities for his or her team-mates
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(ˈpleɪˌmeɪ kər)

an offensive player, as in basketball or ice hockey, who executes plays designed to put one or more teammates in a position to score.
[1940–45, Amer.]
play′mak`ing, n.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.playmaker - a player in a team sport who leads attacks or maneuvers in such a way that a teammate can score
player, participant - a person who participates in or is skilled at some game
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[ˈpleɪmeɪkər] nmeneur/euse m/f de jeu
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[ˈpleɪˌmeɪkəʳ] n (Sport) → playmaker m/f inv
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