Definition of town ball
: a ball game preceding and resembling baseball at recesses and at noon, we played … town ball and baseball — W. A. White — compare rounder 3a
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Origin and Etymology of town ball
so called from the fact that it was played at the time of town meetings
First Known Use: 1813
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