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tennis

play
noun, often attributive ten·nis \ˈte-nəs\

Simple Definition of tennis

  • : a game that is played by two people or two pairs of people on a special court (called a tennis court) where they hit a small ball back and forth over a net using rackets

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of tennis

  1. 1 :  court tennis

  2. 2 :  an indoor or outdoor game that is played with rackets and a light elastic ball by two players or pairs of players on a level court (as of clay or grass) divided by a low net

Origin of tennis

Middle English tenetz, tenys, probably from Anglo-French tenez, 2d person plural imperative of tenir to hold — more at tenable


First Known Use: 15th century

Rhymes with tennis



TENNIS Defined for Kids

tennis

play
noun ten·nis \ˈte-nəs\

Definition of tennis for Students

  1. :  a game played on a level court by two or four players who use rackets to hit a ball back and forth across a low net dividing the court





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