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 The women’s lacrosse team was scheduled to fly to Arizona in the morning. Ryan Kartje, Los Angeles Times, "How USC and Mike Bohn managed an unprecedented situation with coronavirus outbreak," 13 Mar. 2020 Coaches from the northern part of New Jersey, such as Chatham boys’ lacrosse coach Tony Calandra, cite an imbalanced path to the state title with most of the top teams knocking each other out in North regionals. Nate Weitzer,, "High school playoff vote: What can we learn from how other states handle tournaments?," 26 Feb. 2020 Some of those endowments annually help pay for the baseball, rugby, men's and women's gymnastics and women's lacrosse teams, all of which were scheduled to be cut 10 years ago, but reinstated after specific fundraising efforts. Steve Berkowitz, USA TODAY, "Why Cal will happily take $1.9 million to play at Notre Dame in 2022," 5 Feb. 2020 An assistant lacrosse coach at Smithson Valley High School, Randall Perkins, was shot and killed at a party near the main campus of the University of Texas at San Antonio. Elizabeth Zavala,, "Podcast: San Antonio man convicted in 2012 killing of Smithson Valley High lacrosse coach," 18 Nov. 2019 And to the family of former Stillwater lacrosse player Max Evensen, a Bentley University (Mass.) senior player who unexpectedly died the other day. Charley Walters, Twin Cities, "Charley Walters: Playoff win likely required for new deals for Kirk Cousins, Mike Zimmer, Rick Spielman," 28 Dec. 2019 Perkins played lacrosse at Reagan and Smithson Valley high schools. Elizabeth Zavala,, "San Antonio man gets 40 years for killing assistant coach in 2012," 14 Nov. 2019 According to a GoFundMe page and posts on social media, Burcham attended and played lacrosse at Escondido’s Del Lago Academy. Alex Riggins, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Escondido man, 20, identified as victim in single-car fatal crash," 26 June 2019 Under Armor All-American player is headed to Duke to play college lacrosse. Buddy Collings,, "Lake Highland, Bishop Moore stars lead All-Area Lacrosse," 12 June 2019

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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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21 Mar 2020

Cite this Entry

“Lacrosse.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Mar. 2020.

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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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