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

Examples of croquet in a Sentence

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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 20 May. 2024.

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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