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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Lawn tennis, created in part as a response to women’s enthusiasm for croquet, was in the 1870s a new, more active sport that welcomed women, unlike the popular male-only version of the time, called court tennis. Anna Purna Kambhampaty, Time, "The Surprising—and Sometimes Troubling—History of Tennis Clothes," 5 Sep. 2019 Games include volleyball, badminton, croquet, wanage, an anpan dangling race and more., "Community News For The Glastonbury Edition," 26 Aug. 2019 Once again, guests could partake in a number of activities while at West Wycombe Park, including shooting, croquet, garden tours, falconry, and high tea. Sarah Bray, Town & Country, "What It's Really Like to Get Married at Downton Abbey," 30 July 2019 Outside, a pool beckoned along with tennis and bocce ball courts, two koi ponds and a croquet lawn. Taylor Kate Brown,, "Bay Briefing: Hailing a ride to the California ballot," 30 Aug. 2019 Rather than an innocuous round of croquet or Old Maid, Grace draws hide-and-seek—and the cheerful mood at the manse suddenly turns deadly serious. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Ready or Not Puts a Comic Twist on a Deadly Game of Hide-and-Seek," 22 Aug. 2019 Guests can bowl or play croquet, fish or go skeet shooting, ride horses or learn falconry. Ken Ward Jr., ProPublica, "Welcome to the Greenbrier, the Governor-Owned Luxury Resort Filled With Conflicts of Interest," 15 Aug. 2019 The rest should go to support intramural sports and those teams, like croquet and curling, that will never make a dime. William L. Rukeyser, The Mercury News, "Opinion: Here’s how NCAA college sports could be deregulated," 4 Aug. 2019 Yet neither upheaval nor Egypt’s hot desert climate deters local croquet players. The Economist, "How Egypt conquered croquet," 25 July 2019

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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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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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