tennis

noun, often attributive ten·nis \ ˈte-nəs \
Updated on: 20 Nov 2017

Definition of tennis

1 : an indoor or outdoor game that is played with rackets and a light elastic ball by two players or pairs of players on a level court (as of clay or grass) divided by a low net

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Origin and Etymology of tennis

Middle English tenetz, tenys, probably from Anglo-French tenez, 2nd person plural imperative of tenir to hold — more at tenable



TENNIS Defined for English Language Learners

tennis

noun

Definition of tennis for English Language Learners

  • : a game that is played by two people or two pairs of people on a special court (called a tennis court) where they hit a small ball back and forth over a net using rackets


TENNIS Defined for Kids

tennis

noun ten·nis \ ˈte-nəs \

Definition of tennis for Students

: a game played on a level court by two or four players who use rackets to hit a ball back and forth across a low net dividing the court


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