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ˈgälf How to pronounce golf (audio)
ˈgäf How to pronounce golf (audio)
ˈgəlf How to pronounce golf (audio)
often attributive
: a game in which a player using special clubs attempts to sink a ball with as few strokes as possible into each of the 9 or 18 successive holes on a course
golf intransitive verb
golfer noun


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communications code word

used as a code word for the letter g

Examples of golf in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
Two more big names have been added to the field of the American Century Championship celebrity golf tournament in Lake Tahoe. Chris Biderman, Sacramento Bee, 7 June 2024 Hops on the Fairway, the 10th annual San Diego Brewers Guild golf tournament, tees off 10 a.m. at The Links at Lakehouse, San Marcos. Peter Rowe, San Diego Union-Tribune, 7 June 2024 Top Golf is an inclusive, virtual tech golf sports entertainment complex with multiple games that everyone can play. Jaida Joyner, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 6 June 2024 For golf enthusiasts, Punta Espada is worth the trip alone. Ryan Smith, Travel + Leisure, 5 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for golf 

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Word History



Middle English (Scots)

First Known Use


15th century, in the meaning defined above

Communications Code Word

1952, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of golf was in the 15th century

Dictionary Entries Near golf

Cite this Entry

“Golf.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


ˈgälf How to pronounce golf (audio)
: a game in which the player uses specialized clubs to try to hit a small ball with as few strokes as possible into each of 9 or 18 holes
golf verb
golfer noun

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