Australian Rules football


: a game resembling rugby that is played between two teams of 18 players on a field 180–190 yards long that has four goalposts at each end

Examples of Australian Rules football in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Wankel, based in New Jersey, says expect all four major sports – NFL, Major League Baseball, NBA and NHL – in addition to professional soccer, European and other leagues, Australian Rules football, boxing, cricket, golf, Tour de France, rugby, handball, mixed-martial arts and more. Marc Bona, cleveland, 1 Jan. 2023 In Australia, where the main competitor sport is Australian Rules football, a game with zero chance of expansion beyond Australia, international rugby league is a major point of difference. Mike Meehall Wood, Forbes, 25 May 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1904, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Australian Rules football was in 1904

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“Australian Rules football.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2024.

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