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

Definition of rugby

: 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

Examples of rugby in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web At the Tokyo Olympics, Eagle River’s Alev Kelter played with grit and guts for the sixth-place U.S. women’s rugby sevens team. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, 8 Aug. 2021 New Zealand lost to Australia in the 2016 final when rugby sevens made its Olympic debut in Rio de Janeiro, but have been dominant ever since. Star Tribune, 31 July 2021 The women of New Zealand's rugby sevens team looked to their country's cultural history to celebrate their big win on Saturday. Lindsay Kimble,, 31 July 2021 New Zealand beat France, 26-12, to win the women’s rugby sevens title., 31 July 2021 Members of Australia's men's rugby sevens team soak in ice baths following practice in the midday heat at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, in Tokyo, on July 23, 2021. Amy Gunia, Time, 29 July 2021 The gold medal match in men's rugby sevens is scheduled to be held. David Clark Scott, The Christian Science Monitor, 26 July 2021 Team divisions include men’s beach fives, women’s beach fives, men’s and women’s co-ed beach touch, high school boys beach fives, high school girls beach fives and youth beach touch rugby. Marc Bona, cleveland, 14 July 2022 The former rugby pro documented his journey on Instagram and talked about it on the latest episode of The Good, The Bad & The Rugby podcast. Stephanie Petit,, 12 July 2022 See More

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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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4 Aug 2022

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“Rugby.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2022.

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Rugby geographical name

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

Definition of Rugby

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

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