bon·​spiel | \ ˈbän-ˌspēl How to pronounce bonspiel (audio) \

Definition of bonspiel

: a match or tournament between curling clubs

Examples of bonspiel in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Maxwell just started curling in October 2018 and the Fairbanks International Bonspiel is her first bonspiel. Danny Martin, The Seattle Times, "Ohio curlers at home in International Bonspiel," 13 Apr. 2019 This year’s bonspiel has the theme Cartoon Craze, and several teams are competing in costumes of cartoon characters. Danny Martin, The Seattle Times, "Ohio curlers at home in International Bonspiel," 13 Apr. 2019 These were folks who probably thought bonspiel was a craft beer and if asked the definition of hammer, sheet and house, would undoubtedly give non-curling answers. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Winter Olympics gold medal for U.S. men boosts interest in curling in Wisconsin," 25 Feb. 2018 Curling also has a long tradition of opponents meeting for beers after a good, clean bonspiel (curling lingo for tournament). Scott Cacciola, New York Times, "Olympic Curling Rocked by Russian Doping Case," 19 Feb. 2018 Currently, curlers in 38 states hold bonspiels, on both indoor and outdoor sheets, and clubs regularly welcome new players at open houses. Gillian Hearst Simonds, Town & Country, "Rocking the USA," 24 Dec. 2012

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First Known Use of bonspiel

circa 1772, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bonspiel

perhaps from Dutch bond league + spel game

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“Bonspiel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

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