la·​crosse | \ lə-ˈkrȯs \

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 \

Definition of La Crosse (Entry 2 of 2)

city in western Wisconsin population 51,320

Examples of lacrosse in a Sentence

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After playing his first three seasons of lacrosse at Archbishop McCarthy, Ryan Marek proved to be a major difference-maker for American Heritage in his senior year. Wells Dusenbury,, "Broward boys lacrosse player of the year: Ryan Marek, American Heritage senior," 20 June 2018 They also smeared falsely accused -- remember the Duke lacrosse team? Fox News, "Reps. Meadows, Jordan call on Rosenstein to testify," 27 Sep. 2018 Neil McAdorey, 54, is a lacrosse coach at Parkland High School in Florida, where a gunman opened fire on students in February, killing 17 people. Vivian Salama, WSJ, "Trump Agenda on the Line as Voters Head to the Polls," 6 Nov. 2018 Several readers compared the Kavanaugh case with that of the Duke University lacrosse team. Nicole Brodeur, The Seattle Times, "88 angry emails and counting: Kavanaugh hearings deepen rift between men and women," 5 Oct. 2018 Coaching moves Loveland boys lacrosse has a new coach in Mike Riggall who comes over from McNicholas. Scott Springer,, "Springer: Let the Greater Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky high school football hype begin," 6 July 2018 My sister and her sister were good friends and our family has always been in the same area with lacrosse. Randy Mcroberts, The Aegis, "Sdanowich, Haggerty share in JMU’s National Women’s Lacrosse Championship," 31 May 2018 Not long ago, Brian Wilcox considered quitting his coaching career with Somers girls lacrosse after a string of bad losses. Joe Burns,, "Lacrosse Notebook: Team Chemistry, Development Highlight East Catholic Growth," 17 May 2018 In August 2013, Harrington was hired as the university's inaugural women's head lacrosse coach, earning $20,000 a year. Maxine Bernstein,, "Former George Fox women's lacrosse coach sues university, claiming sexual discrimination," 16 May 2018

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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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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 \

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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