kickoff

play
noun kick·off \ˈkik-ˌȯf\

Definition of kickoff

  1. 1 :  a kick that puts the ball into play in a football or soccer game the opening kickoff

  2. 2 :  the start of something :  commencement the campaign kickoff

Examples of kickoff in a Sentence

  1. At his campaign kickoff, the senator gave a passionate speech about combating poverty.

  2. His speech marked the kickoff of his campaign.

1856

First Known Use of kickoff

1856

Other Field and Goal Sports Terms


KICKOFF Defined for English Language Learners

kickoff

play
noun kick·off \ˈkik-ˌȯf\

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

kickoff

play
noun kick·off \ˈkik-ˌȯf\

Definition of kickoff for Students

  1. :  a kick that puts the ball into play (as in football or soccer)



Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up kickoff? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

an exhausted condition

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

  • peter-bruegel-tower-of-babel-painting
  • What language does pajama come from?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Dictionary Devil

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!