noun (1)
crick·​et | \ ˈkri-kət How to pronounce cricket (audio) \

Definition of cricket

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : any of a family (Gryllidae) of leaping orthopteran insects noted for the chirping notes produced by the male by rubbing together specially modified parts of the forewings
2 : a low wooden footstool
3 : a small metal toy or signaling device that makes a sharp click or snap when pressed


noun (2)

Definition of cricket (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : a game played with a ball and bat by two sides of usually 11 players each on a large field centering upon two wickets each defended by a batsman
2 : fair and honorable behavior it wasn't cricket for her to break her contract— Gerry Nadel


cricketed; cricketing; crickets

Definition of cricket (Entry 3 of 3)

intransitive verb

: to play the game of cricket

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Noun (1)

cricket 1

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cricketer noun

First Known Use of cricket

Noun (1)

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

1575, in the meaning defined at sense 1


circa 1809, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cricket

Noun (1)

Middle English criket, from Anglo-French, of imitative origin

Noun (2)

Middle French criquet goal stake in a bowling game

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The first known use of cricket was in the 14th century

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“Cricket.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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crick·​et | \ ˈkri-kət How to pronounce cricket (audio) \

Kids Definition of cricket

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a small leaping insect noted for the chirping sound made by the males rubbing part of the wings together



Kids Definition of cricket (Entry 2 of 2)

: a game played on a large field with bats, ball, and wickets by two teams of eleven players

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