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 In part, because the Indy 500 isn’t just another regular season, postseason or even championship football, basketball or baseball game. Nathan Brown, The Indianapolis Star, "Behind the the making of NBC's special Sunday show 'Indy 500 Special: Back Home Again'," 21 May 2020 Burruss owns a restaurant called Old Lady Gang, hence the group of older women with baseball bats. Ariana Brockington,, "The Person Who Won The Masked Singer Also Broke A Record While They Were At It," 20 May 2020 April Raymond, for one, has never believed that story about Charles hitting Alex in the head with a baseball bat. CBS News, "Search for missing Idaho children reveals "no sign of life, no sign of death"," 16 May 2020 Nate Meyer, the son of former Ohio State Buckeyes and Florida Gators head coach Urban Meyer, joined the Cincinnati Bearcats as a baseball player. Dave Clark,, "Cincinnati Bearcats football walk-on Nate Meyer tells father, Urban, he wants to coach," 14 May 2020 The Lost Memoir by Lou Gehrig Available May 12 Published for the first time this year, The Lost Memoir (Simon & Schuster) is the rags-to-riches tale of a poor kid from New York who became one of the most revered baseball players of all time. Rachel King, Fortune, "5 new books to read in May," 1 May 2020 In late March, police arrested a man who threatened to assault Jews in Lakewood with a baseball bat. Nicholas Rowan, Washington Examiner, "De Blasio comments stoke already increasing levels of anti-Semitism," 29 Apr. 2020 Like roughly 10 million other Americans, those baseball players soon found themselves out of work due to the novel coronavirus. USA Today, "Golf, handshakes and a Mar-a-Lago conga line: Squandered week highlights Trump’s lack of COVID-19 focus," 10 Apr. 2020 El Salvador gangs, long known for terrorizing the country’s residents through violence and intimidation, have turned to enforcing the government’s coronavirus lockdown order with threats and, in some cases, baseball bats, according to a report. Fox News, "El Salvador gangs enforce coronavirus lockdown with threats of violence, report says," 9 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of baseball

1845, in the meaning defined above

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25 May 2020

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“Baseball.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jun. 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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