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

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The Lakota West lacrosse and football player was 15-years-old. Scott Springer,, "#StratmanStrong community of Lakota West loses a warrior," 30 June 2018 Experience matters because lacrosse is a fairly complex sport, Taylor said. Janice Steinhagen, Courant Community, "Griswold Girls' Lacrosse Debuts Junior Varsity Squad," 1 May 2018 Buy Photo Warmth was in short supply Thursday evening at Penn Charter, but quality lacrosse was plentiful. Aaron Carter,, "Girls' lacrosse: Shea Gormley nets game-winner for Abington in double OT," 20 Apr. 2018 Parents Teri Magee and Troy Wheaton played special roles in the endeavor to launch the lacrosse program, while the Pompano Beach Athletic Booster Club got on board with the naming of coaches and buying uniforms. Emmett Hall,, "Golden Tornadoes squads enjoy inaugural high school lacrosse season," 3 June 2018 Apuzzo is the first Eagle to win the award in the history of the women’s lacrosse program., "BC’s Sam Apuzzo wins Tewaaraton Award," 1 June 2018 Five years ago, Hoffman and Romano started a lacrosse feeder program. Gregg Doyel, Indianapolis Star, "Doyel: This Roncalli coach collapsed. His heart stopped. A defibrillator saved his life.," 21 May 2018 The Patterson Mill lacrosse program celebrated a pair of Class 1A East region championships Wednesday night in Havre de Grace. Randy Mcroberts, The Aegis, "Patterson Mill wins girls, boys region lacrosse championships," 17 May 2018 In only its third year as a lacrosse program, OLP finished 15-3. Don Norcross,, "D-II girls lacrosse: Pilots’ triumph gets party started," 12 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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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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