noun, often capitalized
rug·​by | \ ˈrəg-bē How to pronounce rugby (audio) \

Definition of rugby

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a football game in which play is continuous without time-outs or substitutions, interference and forward passing are not permitted, and kicking, dribbling, lateral passing, and tackling are featured


geographical name
Rug·​by | \ ˈrəg-bē How to pronounce Rugby (audio) \

Definition of Rugby (Entry 2 of 2)

town on the Avon River in Warwickshire, central England population 71,000

Examples of rugby in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Harry is also looking forward to sharing his love of rugby with Archie in their new outdoor space. Erin Hill,, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's ‘I Love You, California’ Wall Art in New Home Revealed," 15 Sep. 2020 The Ravens’ offense was part sandlot and part leather helmet throwback, plus a dash of rugby. Mike Tanier, New York Times, "Lamar Jackson and the Ravens Are Breaking More Than N.F.L. Records," 9 Sep. 2020 Ma'afu, 6-foot-3, 284 pounds, one of the best rugby players in the state, announced his commitment to the Lumberjacks Friday on social media. Richard Obert, The Arizona Republic, "Saguaro DL Alani Ma'afu commits to Northern Arizona Lumberjacks football," 5 Sep. 2020 On Saturday, Harry hosted a video call with British rugby players and organizers to celebrate the Rugby Football League's 125th anniversary, as People reports. Emily Dixon, Marie Claire, "Prince Harry Revealed His Super Cute Nickname for Archie Harrison," 31 Aug. 2020 The synthetic turf field can be used for soccer, lacrosse, football, rugby and other sports., "Naperville News Digest," 28 Aug. 2020 Are Back, which is being presented to the government to get football, snooker, rugby, golf and equestrian sports fans back into stadiums and major sporting events next month. Simon Perry,, "Watch Zara Tindall Wince as She Takes a Rapid COVID-19 Test — and Get Results in Minutes," 27 Aug. 2020 Mike Tindall, the former England rugby player who is married to Anne's daughter, Zara, said the family had planned to mark his mother-in-law's milestone in Scotland but that alternative arrangements had to be made. Pan Pylas, Star Tribune, "UK's Princess Anne to mark 70th birthday in low-key fashion," 14 Aug. 2020 There are fans in attendance at rugby matches in New Zealand, which has gone more than 100 days without a COVID-19 case. Nancy Armour, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Concern for college football season is too little, comes months too late," 10 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of rugby


1864, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for rugby


Rugby School, Rugby, England

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The first known use of rugby was in 1864

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20 Sep 2020

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“Rugby.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of rugby

: a game played by two teams in which each team tries to carry or kick a ball over the other team's goal line

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