ball girl

noun

Definition of ball girl

: a female attendant who retrieves balls for players or officials (as in a tennis match or a baseball or basketball game)

Examples of ball girl in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Decades before the start of their relationship, Kloss—who became the number-one doubles player in 1976 and is now commissioner of World Team Tennis—met King while working as a ball girl for one of King’s matches in South Africa. Macaela Mackenzie, Glamour, "No One Plays the Game Like Billie Jean King," 23 Sep. 2020 At Wimbledon in 1995, Tim Henman hit a ball into the head of a ball girl and was defaulted from a doubles match. Bloomberg.com, "Novak Djokovic Out of U.S. Open After Hitting Line Judge With Ball," 6 Sep. 2020 But on a return of serve, a scorching forehand from Nadal hit a ball girl on the head. Jill Martin, CNN, "Rafael Nadal hits ball girl in head with shot, apologizes with kiss," 23 Jan. 2020 French tennis player Elliot Benchetrit caused controversy in the qualifying rounds of the Australian Open after asking a ball girl to peel his banana. CNN, "Tennis player Elliot Benchetrit told off by umpire for asking ball girl to peel a banana for him," 20 Jan. 2020 Scheduled in the Australian summer, the Open is where the former champion Ivan Lendl donned a Legionnaire’s cap to combat the sun and where the ball boys and ball girls still wear them. Christopher Clarey, New York Times, "As Australian Open Begins, Pollution From Fires Is in Play," 19 Jan. 2020 During a qualifying match Saturday, Elliot Benchetrit of France asked a ball girl to peel a banana for him between games. Chris Bumbaca, USA TODAY, "Tennis player Elliot Benchetrit defends move to ask ball girl to peel banana at Australian Open," 24 Jan. 2020 As a teenager in high school, Ms. Cabán worked odd jobs — a ball girl at the United States Open in Flushing Meadows, a waitress at an event hall — to help with the family’s bills. New York Times, "Tiffany Cabán Was the Next Progressive Hope. Now What?," 13 Aug. 2019 When the ball went out for a U.S. throw-in, Rapinoe motioned for the ball girl to give her the ball for a quick restart. Kevin Baxter, latimes.com, "Women’s World Cup recap: U.S. beats France 2-1 on two Megan Rapinoe goals," 28 June 2019

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First Known Use of ball girl

1921, in the meaning defined above

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2 Oct 2020

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“Ball girl.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ball%20girl. Accessed 21 Oct. 2020.

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ball girl

noun

English Language Learners Definition of ball girl

: a girl who picks up balls that go out of play during a game in tennis, baseball, etc.

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