ball·​park | \ ˈbȯl-ˌpärk How to pronounce ballpark (audio) \

Definition of ballpark

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : a park or stadium in which ball games (such as baseball) are played
2 : a range (as of prices or views) within which comparison or compromise is possible
in the ballpark
: approximately correct my first guess wasn't even in the ballpark



Definition of ballpark (Entry 2 of 3)

: approximately correct : roughly estimated a ballpark price a ballpark figure


ballparked; ballparking; ballparks

Definition of ballpark (Entry 3 of 3)

transitive verb

: to estimate (something) roughly or casually : to give a ballpark estimate of (something, such as a number or price) The track doesn't release attendance numbers, but media members ballparked it at 42,500 in the facility, which seats more than 50,000.— Michael Phillips When I work with clients I remind them that we are just ballparking the numbers.— Bill Conerly He looked at the ceiling. He looked at the walls. He turned this way and that, craning his neck, like a contractor about to ballpark an estimate.— Lee Child

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Synonyms & Antonyms for ballpark

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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Examples of ballpark in a Sentence

Noun hit a home run out of the ballpark Adjective We don't know exactly how many people live in this city, but a ballpark figure would be about two million. I suspect that the ballpark costs we were quoted for the kitchen renovation will turn out to be too low.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Conversely, the San Francisco Giants reportedly told season-ticket holders last week that fans will not be permitted at Oracle Park this season, though the ballpark will not be completely empty. Nick Piecoro, The Arizona Republic, "Arizona Diamondbacks not expecting to have fans in stands when season begins," 2 July 2020 The report date meant players needed to show up to the ballpark to undergo COVID-19 testing. Bobby Nightengale, The Enquirer, "Notebook: Cincinnati Reds players report to preseason camp; minor league season canceled," 1 July 2020 Takeout barbecue packages from home ballpark of Montgomery Biscuits baseball team. Mary Colurso |, al, "Fireworks shows and other July 4 events in Alabama 2020," 1 July 2020 Maybe all of that excess sheet metal on their new industrial hangar of a ballpark just caused a temporary lapse in judgment. Mike Finger,, "Mike Finger: Sports are coming back, but are we ready?," 27 June 2020 The other players working out at the ballpark were tested for the virus and received negative test results, the Denver Post reports. Jill Martin, CNN, "Red Sox, Tigers, Mariners have positive Covid-19 tests, reports say," 25 June 2020 The school typically holds the event at the Giants’ ballpark in China Basin; this time, the baseball flavor came from public-address announcer Renel Brooks-Moon offering a brief congratulatory message. Ron Kroichick,, "Mayor Breed delivers video speech to SF State graduates: ‘We need our young leaders now’," 18 June 2020 With hundreds of rave reviews and a 4.9-star rating, each whiskey glass features a map of the MLB ballpark of your choosing (from Wrigley Field to Fenway Park) in the team's two primary colors. Amanda Tarlton, USA TODAY, "14 last-minute Father’s Day gifts that will arrive by Sunday," 16 June 2020 The first in-person events at the Texas Rangers’ new ballpark, Globe Life Field, weren’t baseball games or concerts but high school graduations, with the retractable-roof venue hosting over two dozen ceremonies in the coming weeks. Corbett Smith, Dallas News, "For graduates, North Texas schools find creative ways to create pomp, given the circumstances," 13 June 2020

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First Known Use of ballpark


1871, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1960, in the meaning defined above


1973, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ballpark


from the phrase in the ballpark

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The first known use of ballpark was in 1871

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4 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Ballpark.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of ballpark

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a park in which baseball games are played : a baseball park or stadium



English Language Learners Definition of ballpark (Entry 2 of 2)

: not exact but close in number or amount : approximately correct


ball·​park | \ ˈbȯl-ˌpärk How to pronounce ballpark (audio) \

Kids Definition of ballpark

: a park in which baseball games are played

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