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 His low velocity and propensity for giving up homers could be more of a problem in Cincinnati's hitter-friendly ballpark than in pitcher-friendly Angel Stadium. Greg Beacham, Star Tribune, "Angels acquire closer Raisel Iglesias from Reds in trade," 7 Dec. 2020 Others who might pique interest are in the same mold as Petit and Soria when the A’s signed them: pitchers with good track records who might benefit from a bigger ballpark and a change of scenery. Susan Slusser,, "Virtual winter meetings might feature virtually no action for financially strapped A’s," 7 Dec. 2020 Next summer will be my first in 30 years not clocking into work every day at a major league ballpark. Chicago Tribune Staff,, "Read Theo Epstein’s note to the Chicago Cubs: ‘As for what I will do next, I’m not precisely sure, though I have a few things in mind’," 17 Nov. 2020 On Tuesday night in a sparkling new ballpark that will be minus its home team, the 116th World Series in baseball history will begin. Nick Piecoro, The Arizona Republic, "Dodgers, Rays clash in World Series to conclude a season that feels legit," 20 Oct. 2020 Right fielder Manuel Margot squeezed Aldemys Diaz's flyball in his glove for the final out and fireworks burst over the empty ballpark as the fun-loving Rays began to celebrate. Bernie Wilson,, "Arozarena, Rays top Astros 4-2 in Game 7, reach World Series," 18 Oct. 2020 And then there is the appalling wastefulness of replacing a ballpark that is barely 25 years old. Mark Lamster, Dallas News, "Sorry, haters: Globe Life Field, the new home of the Rangers, is a great place to watch a ballgame — and a serious work of architecture," 16 Oct. 2020 Outside, the Rays were on the field in a nearly empty ballpark. Kristie Ackert,, "Yankees try to make sense of another season that ends with crushing postseason loss," 10 Oct. 2020 Globe Life Field has been the site of more than 50 graduations, but the Rangers played their home games in an empty ballpark. Fox News, "Fans to be allowed at World Series, NLCS in Arlington, Texas," 1 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Of course, the idea is to keep growing your art over time, but having a ballpark figure for those initial pieces keeps your search more focused. Shivani Vora,, "A Beginner’s Guide To Building An Art Collection — On A Budget," 30 Dec. 2020 And after two starts in this strange, empty-ballpark, virtual-fan season, Berrios still has much to prove. Star Tribune, "In battle of No. 1 starters, there's only one true ace, and it's not Twins' Jose Berrios," 31 July 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'ballpark.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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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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23 Feb 2021

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“Ballpark.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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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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