cro·​quet krō-ˈkā How to pronounce croquet (audio)
: a game in which players using mallets drive wooden balls through a series of wickets set out on a lawn
: the act of driving away an opponent's croquet ball by striking one's own ball placed against it
croquet transitive verb

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The idyllic property also features an archery range, a croquet lawn, multiple fire pits, hiking trails, an outdoor yoga studio, and wooden barrel saunas that can accommodate up to two people. ELLE, 17 Feb. 2023 There are even some more advanced options, like charades and croquet, for the teens and adults to get involved. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, 9 Feb. 2023 Advertised activities on the island are charmingly wholesome; visitors can pick blackberries, explore sand dunes, ride bikes, and play croquet. Cailey Rizzo, Travel + Leisure, 13 Apr. 2022 Across green fields and under radiant blue skies, little boys carried baskets of clams, couples played croquet, and ladies strolled along beaches. Phyllis Tuchman, Town & Country, 4 Mar. 2022 Guests also enjoy playing trivia games, corn hole, bocce ball, or croquet, and making s’mores around the fire pits. Dallas News, 15 Mar. 2022 Houston's Memorial Park has something for everyone: golf, tennis, swimming, croquet, volleyball, skating, running and mountain biking trails, picnic space, a playground and so much more. Vicki Salemi, Chron, 21 Jan. 2023 With the work done, there is time for a fieldwork tradition: a game of croquet. Jessica Marshall, Discover Magazine, 6 June 2013 On land, hike through the forest, play tennis and croquet, stargaze without light pollution, or rejuvenate in the spa. Johanna Read, Forbes, 20 June 2022 See More

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Word History


probably ultimately from obsolete French, sharp blow, from croquer

First Known Use

1855, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of croquet was in 1855

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Cite this Entry

“Croquet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Mar. 2023.

Kids Definition


cro·​quet krō-ˈkā How to pronounce croquet (audio)
: a game in which the players use mallets to drive wooden balls through a series of wickets set out on a lawn

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