la·​crosse | \ lə-ˈkrȯs How to pronounce lacrosse (audio) \

Definition of lacrosse

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a goal game in which players use a long-handled stick that has a triangular head with a mesh pouch to catch, carry, and throw the ball

La Crosse

geographical name
\ lə-ˈkrȯs How to pronounce La Crosse (audio) \

Definition of La Crosse (Entry 2 of 2)

city in western Wisconsin population 51,320

Examples of lacrosse in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Lakota East lacrosse – Against Pickerington North, Lakota East had double the goals with a 16-8 win. Melanie Laughman, The Enquirer, "Enquirer names Greater Cincinnati high school athletes of the week, March 26," 27 Mar. 2021 Conflicts with Season 2 sports such as baseball and lacrosse were the main reasons cited. John Maffei, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Clairemont streak comes to an end this season," 11 Mar. 2021 The space could be used for soccer, baseball, lacrosse, softball, etc. Randy Mcroberts,, "All American Steakhouse and Sports Theater under construction in Aberdeen will feature golf simulators," 9 Mar. 2021 Football in the fall, along with lacrosse, flag football and water polo in the spring, are each mandated to play district schedules to help decide postseason participation. J.c. Carnahan,, "FHSAA board votes for new classifications in 2021-22, plans to reevaluate process," 8 Mar. 2021 Yes for team titles in baseball, softball, lacrosse, tennis and soccer. Eric Sondheimer Columnist, Los Angeles Times, "What to know about the return of LAUSD sports: Answering your questions," 3 Mar. 2021 Tickets are now on sale for Utah baseball, soccer and softball games, with lacrosse soon to be available. Josh Newman, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Utah athletics to allow limited spectators at outdoor events," 18 Mar. 2021 The nonprofit boasts a mission to ensure optimal youth athletic experiences in Olmsted Falls and Olmsted Township that includes predominantly outdoor sports -- baseball, softball, soccer and lacrosse. John Benson, cleveland, "Olmsted Athletic Commission set to build new youth baseball fields on Olmsted Falls land," 12 Mar. 2021 The decision — approved unanimously by the eight MASCAC presidents — allows for competition in baseball, men’s golf, women’s lacrosse, softball, and men’s and women’s outdoor track and field. Matt Doherty,, "MASCAC will make a return to competition with a spring season," 12 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of lacrosse


1718, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for lacrosse


Canadian French la crosse, literally, the crooked stick

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The first known use of lacrosse was in 1718

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9 Apr 2021

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“Lacrosse.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of lacrosse

: an outdoor game in which players use long-handled sticks with nets for catching, throwing, and carrying the ball


la·​crosse | \ lə-ˈkrȯs How to pronounce lacrosse (audio) \

Kids Definition of lacrosse

: a game played on a field using a long-handled stick with a shallow net for catching, throwing, and carrying the ball

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