a. A weight division in professional boxing having an upper limit of 126 pounds (56.7 kilograms), between junior featherweight and junior lightweight.
b. A boxer competing in this weight division.
c. A similar weight division in other sports, such as weightlifting.
d. A contestant in this weight division.
2. A person or thing of little weight or size.
3. An insignificant person: a political featherweight.
1. Of or relating to featherweights.
2. Unimportant; trivial: featherweight political issues.
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