cro·​quet | \ krō-ˈkā How to pronounce croquet (audio) \

Definition of croquet

1 : a game in which players using mallets drive wooden balls through a series of wickets set out on a lawn
2 : the act of driving away an opponent's croquet ball by striking one's own ball placed against it

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Other Words from croquet

croquet transitive verb

Examples of croquet in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The motel's 11-acre grounds include walking trails, hammocks for lounging and reading a book, a bocce court, croquet, fire pits, and picnic areas. Mia Taylor, Better Homes & Gardens, 21 Oct. 2021 There’s also an intimate spa, a croquet court, an expansive garden, a restaurant, a sweets shop, and more. Kelly Allen, House Beautiful, 1 Sep. 2021 To the left sits a luxury spa; to the right, a croquet club cheekily tricked out in retro-mod decor, orchestrated by designer Krista Stokes. Condé Nast Traveler, 13 Sep. 2021 Active guests can play croquet, borrow the hotel’s beach cruisers to pedal Southwest Harbor’s back roads or join morning yoga and Pilates sessions on the lawn. Washington Post, 10 Sep. 2021 The lush grounds also boast a lavish spa, croquet club, heated outdoor swimming pool, and a quartet of food and beverage outlets including upscale restaurant Little Fern and Harry’s Bar. Paul Jebara, Forbes, 7 Sep. 2021 After the ceremony, the celebration continued on an expansive lawn, where guests played games like bocce ball, croquet, oversized Connect 4, and giant Jenga. Dana Rose Falcone,, 4 Sep. 2021 And for those wanting to explore, there’s no shortage of things to do: wander through the apple orchards, or try croquet or badminton on the lawn. Maresa Manara, Condé Nast Traveler, 26 Aug. 2021 Play golf at the pristine 18-hole course, relax by the pool, or have fun with lawn games like cornhole, croquet, or oversized Connect Four. Patricia Doherty, Travel + Leisure, 22 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of croquet

1855, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for croquet

probably ultimately from obsolete French, sharp blow, from croquer

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The first known use of croquet was in 1855

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25 Oct 2021

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“Croquet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of croquet

: a game in which players use wooden mallets to hit balls through a series of curved wires that are stuck into the ground


cro·​quet | \ krō-ˈkā How to pronounce croquet (audio) \

Kids Definition of croquet

: a game in which players hit wooden balls with mallets through a series of wickets set out on a lawn

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