noun, often attributive
base·​ball | \ ˈbās-ˌbȯl How to pronounce baseball (audio) \

Definition of baseball

: a game played with a bat and ball between two teams of nine players each on a large field having four bases that mark the course a runner must take to score also : the ball used in this game

Examples of baseball in a Sentence

We watched baseball on TV last night.
Recent Examples on the Web Pittsburgh soon became the mecca of black baseball. Rob Ruck, Smithsonian Magazine, "How Baseball’s Negro Leagues Defied the Stereotypes of Segregation," 15 Feb. 2020 Boomers collected baseball cards and Gen Xers collected action figures. Cecilia D'anastasio, Wired, "Pokémon Home Is Reuniting Joyful Fans With Long-Lost Squirtles," 14 Feb. 2020 Alabama baseball finished last in the SEC West last season, and that is where the league’s coaches predicted the Crimson Tide will place again this spring. Mike Rodak |, al, "Alabama baseball opens season picked to finish last in SEC," 14 Feb. 2020 The author of this open letter to baseball is Jonathan Vaughters, a former professional cyclist on teams including the United States Postal Service with Lance Armstrong, who admitted to doping in 2012. Jonathan Vaughters, WSJ, "An Open Letter to Baseball From Professional Cycling," 14 Feb. 2020 And baseball fans everywhere can rest easy, knowing all is well, and has been all along. Mike Finger,, "Finger: Astros apologize, but for what, exactly?," 13 Feb. 2020 The district also happens to be a baseball’s throw from Tropicana Field, where the Tampa Bay Rays play. Paul Abercrombie, Washington Post, "St. Petersburg, Fla.," 12 Feb. 2020 Colorful stripes have been almost as important to the brand’s legacy as the baseball-glove leather it’s been using to craft the handbags since 1941. Laurie Brookins, The Hollywood Reporter, "NYFW: Michael B. Jordan Watches Coach Show Inspired by Debbie Harry and Basquiat," 12 Feb. 2020 His critics say his baseball bans should continue, because he's shown little contrition or remorse for violating a fundamental rule of the sport, not gambling on games in which a player is directly involved. David Mark, Washington Examiner, "Trump says Pete Rose should be in Baseball Hall of Fame," 9 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of baseball

1845, in the meaning defined above

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17 Feb 2020

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“Baseball.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of baseball

: a game played on a large field by two teams of nine players who try to score runs by hitting a small ball with a bat and then running to each of the four bases without being put out
: the ball used in baseball


base·​ball | \ ˈbās-ˌbȯl How to pronounce baseball (audio) \

Kids Definition of baseball

1 : a game played with a bat and ball by two teams of nine players on a field with four bases that mark the course a runner must take to score
2 : the ball used in the game of baseball

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