bad·min·ton | \ˈbad-ˌmi-tᵊn, -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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Pickleball, which combines elements of tennis, badminton and table tennis, was invented in 1965 near Seattle, Wash. Contact 281-793-4360 or Terry St. John, Houston Chronicle, "Greater Houston athletic activities listings: July 6-8," 4 July 2018 Along the way, the Pumas put together one of the more historic seasons in Arizona high school badminton history. Katherine Fitzgerald, azcentral, "azcentral Sports Awards Team of the Year finalists," 8 June 2018 Her school activities included playing on Cathedral Catholic’s tennis, golf, badminton and track teams. Elizabeth Marie Himchak, Pomerado News, "Poway Girl Scout helps orphans, earns Gold Award," 6 July 2018 One of the country’s fastest-growing sports, pickleball, which has nothing to do with pickles, is a combination of tennis, badminton, and table tennis. Bethany Ao,, "How to play pickleball," 12 July 2018 Despite the thwap of badminton birdies and the chirp of human voices, the boreal owl had work to do. Ned Rozell, Anchorage Daily News, "During long summer days in Alaska, Boreal owls perform by daylight," 30 June 2018 Pickleball, a variation of tennis, badminton and table tennis, is growing more popular by the day. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, "Pickleball, the country’s fastest growing sport, is also popular in this jail," 27 June 2018 The hardwood court is striped for regulation high school basketball, volleyball, badminton and pickleball, and there’s an electronic scoreboard overhead. Phil Diehl,, "Pine Park prepares to unveil $11 million upgrade," 12 May 2018 The court is the same size of a badminton court — 20 feet by 44 feet. Bethany Ao,, "How to play pickleball," 12 July 2018

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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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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


bad·min·ton | \ˈbad-ˌmin-tᵊn \

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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