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 school’s first fall will feature football and cheer, but the school’s website indicates baseball, softball, soccer and golf will be played in spring 2021. Josh Bean |, al, "11 questions about Rush Propst and USA Academy," 3 Jan. 2020 Professional soccer is the sport with the most statues globally, while professional baseball has the most in the United States. Hayes Gardner, The Courier-Journal, "Sports statues transcend athletics. So what are Lamar Jackson's chances of getting one?," 2 Jan. 2020 Lake Balboa Birmingham coach Matt Mowry will do a backflip after his team wins a fourth consecutive City Section baseball title at Dodger Stadium. Eric Sondheimercolumnist, Los Angeles Times, "What the crystal ball shows for high school sports in 2020," 1 Jan. 2020 Officially, all four sports are delighted with their new status (they will be joined by baseball and softball, returning to the games after a 12-year absence). The Economist, "New Olympic sports adjust to the limelight," 31 Dec. 2019 What happened: Scherzer was entering his final year under contract as one of baseball’s most underpaid players after signing a one-year deal with the Tigers for $15.5 million. Ryan Ford, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers: Solving the greatest 'What ifs' of the 2010s," 31 Dec. 2019 In an Instagram post on Thursday (aka December 26, the day after Christmas), A-Rod revealed that J.Lo trolled his skills on the baseball (or softball) diamond during their family game. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Jennifer Lopez Hilariously Trolled Alex Rodriguez During Their Family Softball Game This Week," 28 Dec. 2019 At Nats Park, the Enchant team is prepared to pull out 40 shovels, and because salt can damage a baseball diamond, elbow grease is the team’s first and last line of defense against Mother Nature. Hayley Glatter, Popular Mechanics, "The Tiny Technical Miracles Inside the World’s Largest Christmas Light Maze," 24 Dec. 2019 Twenty-one-year-old Bryan Njoroge was found dead in Indiana, shot in the head on a baseball field. Krista Stevens, Longreads, "The Guy who Ordered a Hit On His Stepmother for $5," 18 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of baseball

1845, in the meaning defined above

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6 Jan 2020

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“Baseball.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 17 January 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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