Definition of belter in English:



  • 1An exceptional or outstanding example of something.

    ‘Owen made the goal with a belter of a pass’
    • ‘It would seem, on the basis of this first album, that the band's arrogance is justified, for this is one belter of an introduction, that would seem to pave the way for a very bright future.’
    • ‘The German midfielder scored a blockbuster at Bolton on Saturday to help Villa to a 2-1 triumph but Hendrie has already scored some belters himself this term.’
    • ‘This season is going to be a belter - that is if it gets going!’
    • ‘The new season cues off this Thursday and if the commitment of the players and organisers are anywhere near as good as last season then we are in for a belter!’
    • ‘The 2.3 petrol engine is an absolute belter, and there are also two diesels to choose from, a 2.2 and a 3.0-litre.’
    • ‘The 600 plus pages will tempt only those with a serious interest in the subject, but as an account of the extraordinary and sad lives this is a belter.’
    • ‘It's a belter of a voice in fact: not King's College Chapel material, maybe, but decently formed, in tune, and able to get the high notes without straining or cracking.’
    • ‘It was a belter and only a splendid save from Zbigniew Malkowski kept the match at stalemate.’
    • ‘The condition of the pitch has definitely undergone a change with the groundsmen pouring a fair amount of water on it to lessen the advantage for the Indian spinners, so the game promises to be a belter.’
    • ‘The Chorley attack was made to suffer, though in fairness Dennis Lillee at his best would probably have struggled to make much of an impact on a belter of a pitch for batting.’
    • ‘But mentally Australia were now shot and victory looked a non-starter even before Harry Brind prepared an Oval belter, the sun came out and England won the toss.’
    • ‘I remember him writing a poem against Mrs Thatcher that was an absolute belter.’
    • ‘There are only six minutes gone and this match is shaping up to be a belter.’
    • ‘They have notched three since the turn of the year - all of them belters.’
    • ‘Service spokesman Nigel Metcalfe said: ‘This is an absolute belter.’’
    • ‘The consensus is that this year's Six Nations Championship has been a belter, but this view has little to do with the standard of rugby on view.’
    • ‘I've been thinking a lot about the craft of film-making recently, and I think I may have a belter of a story.’
    • ‘All politicians love new cliches, and that was a belter.’
    • ‘With all those provisos in place, however, this too is a fantastic exhibition: a belter.’
    • ‘The Stade de France offers better playing conditions, a full-sized field and a belter of a Test match.’
  • 2A loud, forceful singer or song.

    ‘a real bawdy belter called ‘Ready For Love’’
    ‘crooners and belters and chanteuses’
    • ‘Early 20th century belter Bessie Smith was buried in a pauper's grave until '60s rock stalwart Janis Joplin bought her a marker.’
    • ‘There's a band and no costume change and no showmanship; just me singing as powerfully as I can,’ says the Basildon blues belter.’
    • ‘Amid a sea of melismatic showoffs and crass belters, he stood out as an old-fashioned crooner in the thrall of a faraway vision.’
    • ‘I went to watch a Celtic match a couple of years ago and, being a fair old belter of ballads myself, had no objection to a bit of healthy tribalism.’
    • ‘From Dusty Springfield-inspired torch songs to big swingin’ brassy belters, Clifton & Co had the crowd all jazzed up and ready for the Big Rock Finish.’
    • ‘The intervening passing years haven't mellowed the magic as Page peels back time to serve up three barnstorming belters.’
    • ‘Such was the case for Montreal maximum R & B belters The Datsons.’
    • ‘I have done stage, musical stage, not a tenor singer, but a belter, like for musical comedy.’
    • ‘Little did we know how literally she takes the term: Liza, it seems, is not just a belter on stage.’
    • ‘Mind you, I've never heard a Geordie, or for that matter anyone, sing that fast on the real belters such as ‘Get Your Groove’.’
    • ‘In spite of the dog and all the formidable opposition the Annie of this team, Rebecca, a little belter with the charm and guile of a siren, not only holds her own on the stage but owns the stage.’
    • ‘There are some belters that are infused with the energy and power of New Order at their peak - that give me tingles.’
    • ‘Not a belter in the vocal department, she manages to retain a charming fragility while knowing enough to be able to inject humour and colour where its needed.’
    • ‘After the first creative sparks ignited five years ago, the band have stormed the world with belters such as Take Your Mama and Filthy / Gorgeous.’
    • ‘For dancing, Logan seems to prefer the soul belters of her infancy.’
    • ‘Fusing hip-hop, R'n'B and dance music, Street Fusion doesn't feature cheesy ballad belters.’
    • ‘The first is the title track, a rocky soul belter which sounds very similar indeed to En Vogue's imperious ‘Free Your Mind’ and is nearly as rousing.’
    • ‘It's a guitar thrashing, cymbal crashing, feedback climaxing belter!’
    • ‘No matter how… ahem… conclusively I depict it, the encore was a belter.’
    • ‘Only in Britain, where the public cannot tell the difference between a bare-chested belter and a genuine opera singer, have sales held steady.’
    • ‘There's such a wide range of styles, but if you're going to be a blues belter, you have no hope of retaining your top range.’