bad·​min·​ton | \ ˈbad-ˌmi-tᵊn How to pronounce badminton (audio) , -ˌmin-tᵊn\

Definition of badminton

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

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Recent Examples on the Web Pickleball is a mix of tennis, badminton and ping pong and played with a whiffle ball. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, "The top 10 most ridiculous names of sporting events and tournaments," 31 July 2019 While playing badminton, Nat strikes up a conversation with a younger player, Ed, and the two discuss Brexit, the American president and what is going on in both countries. Annabel Gutterman, Time, "The 42 Most Anticipated Books of Fall 2019," 30 Aug. 2019 Summer is the perfect time of year for outdoor games, like corn hole, badminton, volleyball, even water balloon fights. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "A Giant Inflatable Game of Twister Exists, and You Need it at Your Next Party," 21 Aug. 2019 Deepika herself used to play badminton at the national level during her teenage years before making a career switch toward modeling and acting. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, "Deepika Padukone Aces Wimbledon in This Ralph Lauren Jumpsuit," 16 July 2019 According to the USA Pickleball Association, pickleball is a sport that combines elements of tennis, badminton and ping-pong and is played with a paddle, plastic ball with holes, and a modified tennis net. Jennifer Johnson,, "Niles Parks creates outdoor pickleball courts," 29 Aug. 2019 On descent, the SpaceShipTwo enables its feather configuration, which is a method so the craft’s shape transforms into something similar to a badminton shuttlecock with wings rotating up. Richard Tribou,, "Virgin Galactic gives inside look to new spaceport," 16 Aug. 2019 Shuangjie wrote of her own — badminton, pingpong, music and writing Chinese characters. Los Angeles Times, "One is Chinese. One is American. How a journalist discovered and reunited identical twins," 8 Aug. 2019 Back home in Tampa Bay, Florida, Chaudhari plays badminton against college students at the University of South Florida. Tim Tadder, CNN, "'The spirit is undaunted': Portraits showcase strength of senior athletes," 29 June 2019

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First Known Use of badminton

1863, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for badminton

probably from Badminton House, seat of the Dukes of Beaufort in Wiltshire, England (though a historical link between the game and this place has not been demonstrated)

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22 Oct 2019

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The first known use of badminton was in 1863

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English Language Learners Definition of badminton

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


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Kids Definition of badminton

: a game in which a shuttlecock is hit back and forth over a net by players using light rackets

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