Definition of pugilist noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

pugilist

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ˈpjuːdʒɪlɪst//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpjuːdʒɪlɪst//
 
(old-fashioned)
 
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a boxer Word Origin mid 18th cent.: from Latin pugil ‘boxer’ + -ist.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: pugilist