Definition of kickoff
1 : a kick that puts the ball into play in a football or soccer game the opening kickoff
2 : the start of something : commencement the campaign kickoff
Examples of kickoff in a Sentence
At his campaign kickoff, the senator gave a passionate speech about combating poverty.
His speech marked the kickoff of his campaign.
Recent Examples of kickoff from the Web
Berliner will hold his kickoff event on Wednesday evening in North Bethesda.
In 69 NFL games, Arenas ran back 106 punts for a 9.7-yard average, returned 74 kickoffs for a 21.2-yard average, intercepted two passes, recovered two fumbles, made 152 tackles and carried the ball four times for 17 yards and a touchdown.
The following week, on Sept. 9, the Cougars welcome Boise State to Martin Stadium under the nights for another 7:30 p.m. kickoff.
Kansas announced four football kickoff times Wednesday.
In the United States, it’s Memorial Day, summer’s unofficial kickoff.
Before kickoff, Prince William laid a wreath in memory of the victims alongside Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham.
Memorial Day weekend marks the kickoff of Southern California theme park season, with most of the region’s theme parks unveiling their latest rides, shows and attractions just in time for the summer rush.
The kickoff features Shout Out, a cover band that will perform all over the Midwest this summer.
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First Known Use of kickoff
KICKOFF Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of kickoff for English Language Learners
: a kick that starts play in a game (such as American football or soccer)
: the start of something
KICKOFF Defined for Kids
Definition of kickoff for Students
: a kick that puts the ball into play (as in football or soccer)
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