basketball

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

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According to the Daily Mail, last night the basketball player and friends went to Carbone Italian restaurant, which is in Manhattan, and chilled out. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Tristan Thompson Drinks Wine With His Pals (and Maybe a New Woman)," 28 Feb. 2019 Witnesses said the two were all over each other and were making out, leaving Khloé with no other choice but to officially end things with the basketball player. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "9 Signs Jordyn Woods and Tristan Thompson Did In Fact Hook Up," 22 Feb. 2019 The creative director has a knack for making opposites attract, and this season the brand’s sweet and light chiffon dresses were toughened up with basketball-style shorts in hefty checks and plaid. Nicole Phelps, Vogue, "The Top 10 Shows of New York Fashion Week Fall 2019," 14 Feb. 2019 It’s hard to imagine anyone today dueling for a Big Mac as long as basketball stars Michael Jordan and Larry Bird did back in 1993. Vogue, "The 13 Most Iconic Super Bowl Ads of All Time," 31 Jan. 2019 While many amputee runners and wheelchair basketball players have increasingly sizable and visible communities to turn to, Ball didn’t know any other aerialists without feet. Susie Armitage, SELF, "This Is How an Aerial Performer Restarted Her Career After Having Both Feet Amputated," 23 Jan. 2019 Titles range from the Duke/Carolina basketball rivalry to Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist. Eric Ginsburg, Teen Vogue, "These Heroes Are Saving Black Feminist Classics by Putting Them on Wheels," 8 Jan. 2019 Someone has even nailed a scorched corpse above a basketball net. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "Fallout 76 journal, day 4: the bombs are falling," 26 Nov. 2018 Teens can play on a skate park built with both beginners and pros in mind, and the southernmost section of the park offers basketball, volleyball, soccer, and hockey courts—all equipped with night lighting. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Stunning $465M park set to transform Tulsa’s riverfront," 30 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of basketball

1892, in the meaning defined above

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basketball

noun

English Language Learners Definition of basketball

: a game in which two teams of five players bounce a ball and try to score points by throwing the ball through one of the raised nets at each end of a rectangular court
: a large rubber ball that is used in the game of basketball

basketball

noun
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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