Definition of libero in English:


Pronunciation /ˈlēbərō/ /ˈlibəroʊ/

Translate libero into Spanish


  • The rearmost, roaming defensive player in volleyball or soccer.

    ‘In soccer the bulk of media and fan attention is paid to the midfield liberos or the prolific goal-scorers.’
    • ‘Ballack's former life as a libero has ensured that he shares with Matthaus a rare ability to shore up the midfield as well as punctuate it with important passes and well-timed surges into opponents' penalty boxes.’
    • ‘Oxford's men's team were missing their enigmatic libero (a specialist passer), Denis Zuev, but Benjamin Collier confidently took his place.’
    • ‘Waterloo libero Brian Fuchs returns a serve as his teammates look on during Wednesday's action versus the visiting McMaster Marauders.’
    • ‘Colquhoun has moved from being the libero last year to being the setter this year.’
    • ‘The finals-clinching game, far from a free-wheeling exchange of firepower, was deadlocked at 1-1 for hours and ended, at last, on a fluke goal from the rear-guarding libero, of all people.’
    • ‘‘We tried to let him play free more as a libero,’ says Schmid of Lalas' role.’
    • ‘The position of libero in volleyball is a very unspectacular one.’
    • ‘Wing-back Fabrice Ehret and libero Teddy Bertin are the other main men.’


1960s from Italian, abbreviation of battitore libero ‘free defender’, literally ‘free beater’.