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 The city also has a minor league baseball team, the Sounds. Patricia Doherty, Travel + Leisure, "Nashville Travel Guide," 26 Feb. 2021 The 12-year-old heir and manager of the Minnesota Twins coaches the baseball team to a winning streak by teaching the players to love the game once more. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week: ‘Gandhi’; ‘Forrest Gump’ and more," 26 Feb. 2021 The statement comes as Jeep prepares to launch the next generation of the Grand Cherokee, a move which now feels profoundly out of step with other brand-naming conventions, like that of Cleveland’s baseball team and Washington’s NFL team. Ellen Mcgirt, Fortune, "It’s time to put employees first," 24 Feb. 2021 New York Mets baseball team owner Steve Cohen speak after a press conference to announce the opening of Mets Citi Field stadium as a COVID-19 Vaccine Mega Hub in Queens, N.Y., on Feb. 10, 2021. Maïa Booker, Time, "Baseball Stadiums, Theme Parks, Cathedrals: See the World's Makeshift COVID-19 Vaccination Hubs," 22 Feb. 2021 The Indianapolis baseball team's full schedule is linked here. Michael Mccleary, The Indianapolis Star, "Indianapolis baseball team releases 2021 schedule," 19 Feb. 2021 With temperatures in the teens and 20s on Tuesday, the baseball team practiced at the MAC and plans to do likewise Wednesday. Brent Zwerneman, San Antonio Express-News, "Texas A&M not letting arctic blast put athletes in a deep freeze," 16 Feb. 2021 Troy put a league-high five players on the 2021 preseason All-Sun Belt Conference baseball team announced Monday. Creg Stephenson |, al, "Troy puts 5 on preseason All-Sun Belt baseball team," 15 Feb. 2021 Arkansas' baseball team was picked to finish third in the SEC West and the Razorbacks had four players named to the preseason All-SEC team that was voted on by league coaches. Matt Jones, Arkansas Online, "Arkansas picked 3rd in SEC West, 4 Razorbacks on preseason All-SEC team," 12 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of baseball

1845, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of baseball was in 1845

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3 Mar 2021

Cite this Entry

“Baseball.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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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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