badminton


bad·min·ton

noun \ˈbad-ˌmi-tən, -ˌmin-tən\

: a game in which a light feathered object (called a shuttlecock) is hit over a net by players using light rackets

Full Definition of BADMINTON

:  a court game played with light long-handled rackets and a shuttlecock volleyed over a net

Origin of BADMINTON

Badminton, residence of the Duke of Beaufort, England
First Known Use: 1874

badminton

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Court or lawn game played with light long-handled rackets and a shuttlecock volleyed over a net. The game is named after the residence of Britain's duke of Beaufort, where it supposedly originated c. 1873. Officially sanctioned badminton matches are played indoors to protect the shuttlecock from winds. Play consists entirely of hitting the shuttlecock back and forth without letting it touch the floor or ground. The best-known match is the All-England Championships. Badminton became a full-medal sport at the 1992 Olympics. The world governing body is the International Federation of Badminton in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, Eng.

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