noun (1)
rack·​et | \ ˈra-kət How to pronounce racket (audio) \
variants: or racquet

Definition of racket

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : a lightweight implement that consists of a netting (as of nylon) stretched in a usually oval open frame with a handle attached and that is used for striking the ball or shuttlecock in various games (such as tennis, racquets, or badminton)
2 usually racquets plural in form but singular in construction : a game for two or four players with ball and racket on a 4-walled court


noun (2)

Definition of racket (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : confused clattering noise : clamor
2a : social whirl or excitement
b : the strain of exciting or trying experiences
3a : a fraudulent scheme, enterprise, or activity
b : a usually illegitimate enterprise made workable by bribery or intimidation
c : an easy and lucrative means of livelihood
d slang : occupation, business


racketed; racketing; rackets

Definition of racket (Entry 3 of 3)

intransitive verb

1 : to engage in active social life
2 : to move with or make a racket

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Noun (1)

1racket 1: A tennis, B racquetball, C badminton

In the meaning defined above

First Known Use of racket

Noun (1)

circa 1520, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

1565, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1609, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for racket

Noun (1)

Middle French raquette, ultimately from Medieval Latin rasceta wrist, carpus, modification of Arabic rusgh wrist

Noun (2)

origin unknown

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“Racket.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/racket. Accessed 25 Oct. 2021.

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Kids Definition of racket

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a loud confused noise
2 : a dishonest scheme for obtaining money


variants: or racquet

Kids Definition of racket (Entry 2 of 2)

: a piece of sports equipment consisting of a handle and a frame with strings stretched tightly across it


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