Definition of shoulder pad noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    shoulder pad

     noun
    noun
    BrE
     
    ; NAmE
     
    [usually plural] American football
     
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  1. 1a small piece of thick cloth that is sewn into the shoulder of a dress, jacket, etc. to make a person’s shoulders look bigger
  2. 2a piece of hard plastic that people wear under their shirts to protect their shoulders when playing American football, ice hockey, etc. See related entries: American football
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: shoulder pad