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

Examples of lacrosse in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Flag football and squash will be making their debuts while cricket, baseball-softball and lacrosse will be returning. Ryan Gaydos, Fox News, 16 Oct. 2023 Baseball, softball, flag football and lacrosse, sports with roots and a high level of popularity in the United States, have been proposed for the 2028 Games, alongside two sports with more international appeal, squash and cricket. Victor Mather, New York Times, 10 Oct. 2023 With all its equipment, lacrosse can be expensive to play; Olympic officials like games that are accessible to athletes in poor nations. David Wharton, Los Angeles Times, 9 Oct. 2023 Paige Walton is stepping down after 24 seasons leading the Glenelg Country School girls lacrosse program. Jacob Steinberg, Baltimore Sun, 22 June 2023 Sports that have been captured so far include football, basketball, baseball, hockey, volleyball, soccer and lacrosse, and additional sports like cheer, dance, figure skating, gymnastics and martial arts. Alex Weprin, The Hollywood Reporter, 17 Oct. 2023 Manchester Valley girls lacrosse star Emma Penczek, The Baltimore Sun 2023 All-Metro girls lacrosse Player of the Year, has verbally committed to play her college lacrosse at Clemson University. Timothy Dashiell, Baltimore Sun, 14 Sep. 2023 The state championship lacrosse team was scheduled to be honored at Carmel’s home football game on Sept. 1. Kyle Neddenriep, The Indianapolis Star, 23 Aug. 2023 Imagine hockey, indoor soccer and traditional outdoor lacrosse with just a touch of football’s hitting all surrounded by a party-like atmosphere. Ivan Carter, San Diego Union-Tribune, 26 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History


Canadian French la crosse, literally, the crooked stick

First Known Use

1718, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of lacrosse was in 1718

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Cite this Entry

“Lacrosse.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


la·​crosse lə-ˈkrȯs How to pronounce lacrosse (audio)
: a game played on a field in which players use long-handled sticks with shallow nets for catching, throwing, and carrying the ball

Geographical Definition

La Crosse

geographical name

city in western Wisconsin population 51,320

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