lawn tennis


Examples of lawn tennis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Among English élites of the eighteen-seventies, when lawn tennis caught on, there was a fascination with the culture of ancient Greece: its sculpture, its plays and poems, its prizing of (male) youthfulness, its aestheticizing of the human body in motion. Gerald Marzorati, The New Yorker, 16 Sep. 2022 Only twelve years earlier, in 1924, before the widespread availability of antibiotics, another presidential son, sixteen-year-old Calvin Coolidge Jr., had gotten a blister on his toe while playing lawn tennis at the White House on the last day of June. Perri Klass, Harper's Magazine, 25 May 2021 Sir Tom Stoppard, hailed by some as the greatest British playwright since Shakespeare, Stoppard was a teenage journalist in Bristol, making a few pounds a week covering lawn tennis, flower shows and traffic problems. Maureen Dowd, New York Times, 7 Sep. 2022 In 1879, famed architectural firm McKim, Mead & White built the Newport Casino, a sporting club with lawn tennis, squash, and lawn bowling, and club rooms for card-playing and billiards. Elise Taylor, Vogue, 15 Mar. 2022 The fairways, greens and lawn tennis courts attracted a handful of top athletes, as well as the city’s business and social elite, for more than 70 years. Jacques Kelly, Baltimore Sun, 9 Jan. 2023 Modern-day table tennis originated in the 1880s in England, invented so Victorians could get their fill of lawn tennis indoors during winter. Rachel Klein, Popular Mechanics, 1 Oct. 2022 While late-19th-century lawn tennis was first played in darker garden-party garb of silk dresses and full-on suits, cool, forgiving and status-y white began its ascent when the sport became more rigorous and competitive. Dana Wood, WSJ, 30 July 2021 But while grass court tennis is considered traditional — the sport was originally called lawn tennis, after all — Wimbledon’s offering of indoor grass court tennis is newfangled. New York Times, 30 June 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1874, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of lawn tennis was in 1874

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“Lawn tennis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Dec. 2023.

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