noun, often attributive
ten·​nis | \ ˈte-nəs How to pronounce tennis (audio) \

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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Recent Examples on the Web County records show Edge Cable Holdings, USA, paid him $495,000 for the beachfront property, about the size of 10 tennis courts. Andrew Selsky, USA TODAY, "Facebook undersea cable plan not finding fans in tiny Oregon coastal town," 12 Jan. 2020 After the win Sunday, Alexis joined her beaming mom on the tennis court in a sweet moment. Danielle Garrand, CBS News, "Serena Williams wins first title in 3 years — and donates prize money to Australia wildfire relief," 12 Jan. 2020 County records show Edge Cable Holdings, USA, paid him $495,000 for the beachfront property, about the size of 10 tennis courts. Washington Post, "Facebook riles tiny Oregon town with plan for undersea cable," 9 Jan. 2020 The store is at 6825 N. Port Washington Road, just south of Pick 'n Save, on land that Nicolet High School once used for tennis courts and soccer fields. Jeff Rumage, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Aldi's new Glendale store sets January opening date," 8 Jan. 2020 The evening ceremony took place on a tennis court, which was transformed into a romantic-looking garden. Aurelie Corinthios,, "Duck Dynasty's Sadie Robertson and Christian Huff Celebrate First Christmas as Husband and Wife," 26 Dec. 2019 Along with the championship golf course, the development also will feature a clubhouse with an indoor pool, a fitness center, tennis courts, and pickleball courts. Natalia E. Contreras, Indianapolis Star, "Three developments that will transform U.S. 421 in Zionsville," 24 Dec. 2019 Recently, Alston and her husband saw their youngest, an 11-year-old boy, swinging on the net at their neighborhood’s tennis court with his friends, who were white. Dasia Moore, Quartz, "Being a protective black mom isn’t a parenting choice—it’s the only choice," 20 Dec. 2019 The mansion also includes pristine gardens, a tennis court, a 75-foot pool as well as a pool house, plus space for 40 vehicles. Monique Valeris, Town & Country, "Lachlan Murdoch's Purchase of a $150 Million Bel-Air Estate Sets a California Record," 16 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of tennis

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for tennis

Middle English tenetz, tenys, perhaps borrowed from Anglo-French tenez, 2nd person plural imperative of tenir "to hold" — more at tenant entry 1

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The first known use of tennis was in the 15th century

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15 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Tennis.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 21 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of tennis

: 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


ten·​nis | \ ˈte-nəs How to pronounce tennis (audio) \

Kids Definition of tennis

: 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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