Definition of postseason in English:



North American
  • (of a sporting fixture or other event) taking place after the end of the regular season:

    ‘a postseason game’
    • ‘Both have succeeded under pressure, even producing impressive postseason performances against the Yankees.’
    • ‘The Jets have the talent to make some noise in the NFL's postseason tournament.’
    • ‘Lastly, postseason performance was not a factor in these rankings.’
    • ‘So maybe a coach with a proven track record is the key to postseason success.’
    • ‘New Orleans failed to make the playoffs despite some great seasons by Archie, but his son seems primed for eventual postseason success.’
    • ‘The team is banking on the starters' postseason experience to carry over.’
    • ‘The Cardinals have had one postseason victory in the last 52 years.’
    • ‘Instead, I'm going to concentrate on how these postseason events affect me.’
    • ‘Would Bears faithful have been better off with the memory of that Payton record or with the postseason home game they missed?’
    • ‘There isn't enough substance to grind out postseason victories.’
    • ‘Of course, none of this takes into account awards or postseason performance.’
    • ‘Will the huge investment the Colts have made in them ever result in postseason success?’
    • ‘He's intelligent, well-spoken, and a student of hitting, and has plenty of postseason experience as both a player and coach.’
    • ‘That record also belongs to the Vikings, with 22 total postseason defeats.’
    • ‘His reputation is one of postseason failure, though many will tell you that's another unearned disparagement.’
    • ‘For all his accomplishments and accolades, he has had some terrible moments in each of Green Bay's last three postseason defeats.’
    • ‘But the Islanders needed to go through the pain of postseason failure before they could skate off with the prize.’
    • ‘Three of the Hurricanes' first 12 game-winning postseason goals came from the defense.’
    • ‘But that would have risked grinding up the teams and making them less attractive for postseason tournaments.’
    • ‘Trades are possible as the August 31 deadline for finalizing postseason rosters nears.’


  • 1The period following the regular season:

    ‘he was sidelined until the postseason’
    • ‘Veterans actually look forward to the postseason because the grind of the regular season gives way to a college season, in a sense.’
    • ‘This team beat the Chisox in the regular season series, and should have done so in the postseason.’
    • ‘He had a better season than postseason, and some scouts want to see stronger fundamentals from him.’
    • ‘In other words, a team built to win in the regular season also should win in the postseason.’
    • ‘The Jaguars never seem to be as good in the postseason as they are in the regular season.’
    • ‘His value shot up in the postseason after a good season with the Bulldogs.’
    • ‘It's obvious the players are pacing themselves to survive the ridiculously long season and postseason.’
    • ‘But the Yankees again are better constructed to win the regular season than the postseason.’
    • ‘You've also talked about the difference in setting up a team for the regular season vs. the postseason.’
    • ‘Regular season or postseason, daytime or primetime, indoors or outdoors, the Patriots have been the hammer and the Colts have been the nail.’
    • ‘But down the stretch of the regular season and into the postseason, no team in baseball, save the Astros, mashed the ball better.’
    • ‘They were an unstoppable juggernaut, a team built specifically for the postseason because the regular season was a foregone conclusion.’
    • ‘All five of the foes would be in the postseason if the season ended at this point.’
    • ‘As was the case in the regular season, the Patriots were outgained in the postseason.’
    • ‘The number of defensive touchdowns Tampa Bay scored in the regular season and the postseason combined.’
    • ‘What's the point of putting up all those great numbers in the regular season if you can't get it done in the postseason?’
    • ‘In short, he could make up for a forgettable season with a memorable postseason, if only the light comes on in time to help the underachieving Seahawks.’
    • ‘But he is finishing strong and seems energized as the regular season turns into the postseason.’
    • ‘That can happen against weak teams in the regular season, but likely would be costly in the postseason.’
    • ‘Uniformity in record-keeping is at the core of separating statistics of the regular season from those in the postseason.’
    1. 1.1 A game or competition held during the postseason:
      ‘his team qualified for the postseason’
      • ‘With the loss, Miami fell to 8-6 and must win each of its final two games to have a chance at the postseason.’
      • ‘Imagine being able to count on your club qualifying for the postseason through one-quarter century.’
      • ‘In 1999 they won the West by 14 games, the fastest trip to the postseason for any expansion team.’
      • ‘The Capitals have enough talent to qualify for the postseason, but it's hard to see them advancing very far.’
      • ‘The Eagles started the same five offensive linemen in every game last year, including the postseason.’
      • ‘It wasn't supposed to end that way for the Rams, who stormed into the postseason with wins in seven of their last eight games.’
      • ‘If the Eagles need to win their final game - at home against Cincinnati - to make the postseason, they have two weeks to prepare.’
      • ‘Boston won 93 games in '02, but didn't make the postseason mostly because of a faulty bullpen.’
      • ‘Thus they had been swept in back-to-back postseasons, still having not won a playoff game since the 1988 World Series clincher.’
      • ‘Critics of his career point out that his teams finished with winning records in only two of his 13 seasons, and he played in only 17 playoff games in four total postseasons.’
      • ‘New Jersey qualified for the postseason only 11 times in those 26 years.’
      • ‘The Twins have lost three in a row since qualifying for the postseason.’
      • ‘And the fact their Oilers didn't even qualify for the postseason made Calgary's run even more painful.’
      • ‘Just like he's dealing with the whispers he can't regain his playoff magic - having only 10 goals in the last three postseasons before this season.’
      • ‘However, for the sake of discovering and spreading truth, rather than dogma, I did an independent study of the past two postseasons using the game logs available at Retrosheet.’