: 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)
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
Highlights include an 1898 canvas by German artist Paul Friedrich Meyerheim, depicting a playful pup with a racket in its mouth, and a 1900 painting by British artist Maud Earl, which shows a small French bulldog staring wide-eyed at something out of view.—Julia Binswanger, Smithsonian Magazine, 1 Nov. 2023 Now, four members of that alleged racket have agreed to cooperate against the other 15.—Clare Hymes, CBS News, 30 Oct. 2023 Quite abruptly, Tierney was transferred to rackets, throwing his future into jeopardy.—Robert Kolker, New York Times, 19 Oct. 2023 O’Keefe counters with a deal for three homes, and Loewen steers clear of the insurance racket in Mississippi.—David Fear, Rolling Stone, 13 Oct. 2023 He’s got hobbies, always popping up to swing a tennis racket or golf club, race around in his Clown Car, or just simply party.—Vulture Editors, Vulture, 20 Oct. 2023 Kyrgios was previously fined $14,000 for smashing a pair of tennis rackets during last year's U.S. Open.—Chantz Martin, Fox News, 3 Oct. 2023 In a room lined with workbenches and tool racks, dozens of antique rackets are temporarily stowed under a finishing table.—Corey Kilgannon, New York Times, 3 Sep. 2023 The statue's giant square head and grimace does indeed seem primed for war — not a friendly game of tennis — as the racket would suggest.—Alex Heigl, Peoplemag, 17 Oct. 2023 See More
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Middle French raquette, ultimately from Medieval Latin rasceta wrist, carpus, modification of Arabic rusgh wrist
: a light implement consisting of a handle attached to an open frame with a network of strings stretched across it that is used to hit the object in play (as a ball) in various games (as tennis, badminton, or racquetball)