bad·​min·​ton ˈbad-ˌmi-tᵊn How to pronounce badminton (audio)
: a court game played with light long-handled rackets and a shuttlecock volleyed over a net

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Patrick Henry won its third straight CIF San Diego Section badminton championship on Saturday, defeating Canyon Hills 11-6 at Kearny High. Don Norcross, San Diego Union-Tribune, 14 May 2023 In the past, these guys used to play badminton with the inmates. Marta Balaga, Variety, 19 Apr. 2023 In addition to traditional strongholds like table tennis and badminton, Chinese officials deliberately targeted sports that were underfunded in the West, such as women’s sports, or less high-profile pursuits with many medals on offer from multiple weight divisions or event categories., 8 Aug. 2021 That distinction is at the heart of a new study led by Johanne Nedergaard of Aarhus University in Denmark, published in Consciousness and Cognition, that compares self-talk in runners and badminton players. Alex Hutchinson, Outside Online, 26 Feb. 2021 Form held at the CIF coed badminton championships Saturday as No. 1 seeds Niah Watson of Kearny and Ashton Prieto of University City won the individual championships. Don Norcross, San Diego Union-Tribune, 7 May 2023 Watch a highlight reel of a professional tennis, Ping Pong, or badminton match, and your jaw will be on the floor, your senses awash in superhuman reflexes and lightning-quick exchanges. Caira Conner, The Atlantic, 4 Nov. 2022 Next week’s Hamilton-Perry badminton matchup might not garner as much attention as this Friday’s football game — or even their upcoming volleyball meeting. Theo Mackie, The Arizona Republic, 7 Oct. 2022 This set features a 10-foot net, two steel badminton rackets, two shuttlecocks, and a storage box base. Kathleen Willcox, Popular Mechanics, 21 May 2022 See More

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Word History


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)

First Known Use

1863, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of badminton was in 1863

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Cite this Entry

“Badminton.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Jun. 2023.

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bad·​min·​ton ˈbad-ˌmit-ᵊn How to pronounce badminton (audio)
: a game in which a shuttlecock is hit back and forth over a net by players using light rackets

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