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 Most interestingly, Smullen’s suspicion of Irina was engineered by a ball girl, Ashlee (Aubrey Matalon), whose eye for scams helped her spot Cliff surreptitiously placing the fateful towel on Yoyo’s side of the court. Sophie Brookover, Vulture, 18 Apr. 2024 An 11th grade shooting guard on Benjamin Franklin’s varsity boys basketball team, Corey Singletary will join the group of ball girls and boys at the CIAA Tournament for his second year in a row. Abigail Gruskin, Baltimore Sun, 27 Feb. 2024 In Oakland, Finley was the first to hire ball girls, but was unsuccessful in getting MLB to adopt orange baseballs. Laurence Miedema, The Mercury News, 27 Mar. 2024 Ahead of the tournament, the Princess of Wales hit the courts with Federer in a video celebrating Wimbledon's ball girls and boys. Town & Country, 4 Aug. 2023 Princess Kate recently hit the Wimbledon courts with friend Roger Federer and trained with some of the ball boys and ball girls who help the event run smoothly. Janine Henni, Peoplemag, 17 July 2023 The Princess of Wales On Saturday, Princess Kate chose a celery green suit to greet a young ball girl at Wimbledon. Kim Willis, USA TODAY, 16 July 2023 Ever been a ball boy – or ball girl – for a match between Venus and Serena Williams? Gregg Doyel indianapolis Star, The Indianapolis Star, 25 Apr. 2023 One ball girl named Mollie even shows Kate how to stand on the sidelines of the court in position and throw back a tennis ball to a player with a straight arm. Kimberlee Speakman, Peoplemag, 24 June 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1921, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ball girl was in 1921

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“Ball girl.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jun. 2024.

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