noun, often attributive
bas·​ket·​ball | \ ˈba-skit-ˌbȯl How to pronounce basketball (audio) \

Definition of basketball

: a usually indoor court game between two teams of usually five players each who score by tossing an inflated ball through a raised goal also : the ball used in this game

Examples of basketball in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Former Purdue basketball star Caleb Swanigan has died at 25., 21 June 2022 As college offers continue to roll in, Baker rising junior basketball star Labaron Philon continues to work on his game this summer. Ben Thomas |, al, 21 June 2022 Caleb Swanigan, a former Purdue University basketball star who played three seasons in the NBA, died on Monday at age 25, PEOPLE confirms. Natasha Dye,, 21 June 2022 If Griner’s case goes to trial and she is convicted, the basketball star could face up to 10 years in prison. Siladitya Ray, Forbes, 21 June 2022 Lawyers and consular affairs officials have been able to speak with the basketball star, but her wife has not. Eric Tucker And Doug Feinberg, Chicago Tribune, 20 June 2022 That’s more than a foot taller than former basketball star Shaquille O’Neal. Nicole Kagan, Los Angeles Times, 15 June 2022 That pivot kicked off with Gatorade’s 2021 sponsorship of University of Connecticut basketball star Paige Bueckers. Emma Hinchliffe, Fortune, 13 June 2022 The musician joins basketball star and Maryland native Kevin Durant, whose firm Thirty Five Ventures has also invested in the project. Giacomo Bologna, Baltimore Sun, 9 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of basketball

1892, in the meaning defined above

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28 Jun 2022

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“Basketball.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Jun. 2022.

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More Definitions for basketball


bas·​ket·​ball | \ ˈba-skit-ˌbȯl How to pronounce basketball (audio) \

Kids Definition of basketball

1 : a game in which two teams try to throw a ball through a hanging net
2 : the ball used in basketball

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