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.

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Seattle Mariners @Mariners Catch the hottest team in baseball at a great price. Seattle Times Sports Staff, The Seattle Times, "Mariners Game Day: Live updates, how to watch Felix Hernandez face Justin Verlander, Astros," 13 Apr. 2019 For Alex Rodriguez, champion baseball player, practice makes perfect. Vogue, "There’s a Reason Why Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez’s Engagement Instagram Was So Perfect," 17 Apr. 2019 Last month, after the couple announced their engagement, former baseball player Jose Canseco accused Rodriguez of cheating on J.Lo with his ex-wife, Jessica Canseco. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Jennifer Lopez Responds to Alex Rodriguez Cheating Rumors on The Breakfast Club," 10 Apr. 2019 Kayden was a college baseball player and a firefighter, and seems to be in great shape. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "The Air Force Is Changing How Special Ops Fighters Are Trained," 12 Feb. 2019 In the video, A. Rod promises behind-the-scenes looks at him and his family, as well as personal stories, memories from his long career as a baseball player, and news from his company (A. Rod Corp). Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "How Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez Are Growing Closer Professionally," 30 Jan. 2019 The Times editorial notes in passing that the man who shot Republicans at a congressional baseball practice was a supporter of Bernie Sanders. James Freeman, WSJ, "Pittsburgh and the Press," 30 Oct. 2018 The left-handed outfielder, who has garnered rave reviews this summer by pro scouts, is one of eight prep baseball players taking part in Sunday’s high school home run derby at Nationals Park. J.c. Carnahan,, "Hagerty’s Riley Greene swinging for fence in high school home run derby," 14 July 2018 Mike Trout is the greatest contemporary baseball player ever. Tom Verducci,, "The Star That Still Won't Shine: The Incredible, Unprecedented but Unseen Greatness of Mike Trout," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of baseball

1845, in the meaning defined above

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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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