Meaning of “goalkeeper” in the English Dictionary

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"goalkeeper" in British English

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goalkeepernoun [ C ]

uk /ˈɡəʊlˌkiː.pər/ us /ˈɡoʊlˌkiː.pɚ/ informal goalie, , US also goaltender

B1 (in some sports) the player who stands in the team's goal to try to stop the other team from scoring


  • For a goalkeeper, it's a great advantage to have big hands.
  • The crowd cheered as the goalkeeper deflected the shot.
  • The goalkeeper denied him his third goal.
  • They're a fairly good team - their only weak link is a relatively inexperienced goalkeeper.
  • The goalkeeper made a great save in the last minute of the match.

Examples from literature

  • From the original 20-player group, only the goalkeeper had made it. 

(Definition of “goalkeeper” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"goalkeeper" in American English

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goalkeepernoun [ C ]

us /ˈɡoʊlˌki·pər/ infml goalie, /ˈɡoʊ·li/

in some sports such as soccer and hockey, the player whose responsibility is to prevent the other team from scoring

(Definition of “goalkeeper” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)