backcourt

noun

back·​court ˈbak-ˈkȯrt How to pronounce backcourt (audio)
1
: the area near or nearest the back boundary lines or back wall of the playing area in a net or court game
2
a
: a basketball team's defensive half of the court
b
: the positions of the guards on a basketball team
also : the guards themselves
a team with a strong backcourt

Examples of backcourt in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Some scouts view the 6-foot-6 Castle as a combo guard and the Hornets could use help in that department with Terry Rozier in Miami and their backcourt uncertainty outside of LaMelo Ball and Tre Mann. Roderick Boone, Charlotte Observer, 15 May 2024 Particularly with an All-Star backcourt of Sabrina Ionescu and Courtney Vandersloot, who helped the Chicago Sky win the 2022 championship. Dan Loumena, Los Angeles Times, 13 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for backcourt 

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Word History

First Known Use

1884, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of backcourt was in 1884

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“Backcourt.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/backcourt. Accessed 29 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

backcourt

noun
back·​court -ˈkō(ə)rt How to pronounce backcourt (audio)
-ˈkȯ(ə)rt
1
: a basketball team's defensive half of the court
2
: the positions of the guards on a basketball team
also : the guards themselves
a team with a strong backcourt
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