vol·​ley·​ball | \ ˈvä-lē-ˌbȯl How to pronounce volleyball (audio) \

Definition of volleyball

: a game played by volleying an inflated ball over a net also : the ball used in this game

Examples of volleyball in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Lopez works at Mancino’s in Lansing and has been involved in Scholastic Bowl, Mathletes, and volleyball at TF South. Janice Neumann, chicagotribune.com, "Southland students earn full-ride scholarships to prestigious universities through QuestBridge," 31 Dec. 2020 Madison Morrow, Argyle Liberty Christian, junior, outside hitter: The Stephen F. Austin beach volleyball pledge was first-team all-state with 331 kills, 341 digs, 55 aces and 47 assists for 31-1 team that won the TAPPS 6A state title. Greg Riddle, Dallas News, "The Dallas Morning News’ 2020 all-area volleyball teams: See full first, second and third teams," 31 Dec. 2020 The volleyball quarterfinals will be Jan. 12 at select sites, followed by the state semifinals and finals, Jan. 14-16, at Kellogg Arena in Battle Creek. Kirkland Crawford, Detroit Free Press, "MHSAA volleyball, girls swimming and diving playoffs schedule reset. Here are the dates," 30 Dec. 2020 Tammany Farmer Volleyball Team that was chosen by The Farmer’s resident volleyball expert, Joseph Halm, with final approval from sports editor Jim Derry. Joseph Halm, NOLA.com, "The 2020 All-St. Tammany Farmer Volleyball Team," 30 Dec. 2020 His wife, Kristin, was an Olympian and All-American volleyball player at Stanford. Eric Sondheimer Columnist, Los Angeles Times, "Column: The rise of Girl Dads in Southland includes former pro stars," 29 Dec. 2020 Her club volleyball season with the Wildfire Volleyball Academy was interrupted last spring. Gary Curreri, sun-sentinel.com, "Pembroke Pines Charter Jaguars capture first BCAA volleyball title," 23 Dec. 2020 Armato was already in Atlanta with his girlfriend, the Olympic beach volleyball star Holly McPeak. Jeff Pearlman, orlandosentinel.com, "An inside look at Shaq’s jump from Magic to Lakers," 21 Dec. 2020 Hold a ball of soil about the size of a volleyball around its roots. Neil Sperry, ExpressNews.com, "Neil Sperry: Leaving leaves on your lawn all winter a bad idea," 18 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of volleyball

1896, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of volleyball was in 1896

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9 Jan 2021

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“Volleyball.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/volleyball. Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of volleyball

: a game in which two teams of players hit a large ball back and forth over a high net
: the ball used to play volleyball


vol·​ley·​ball | \ ˈvä-lē-ˌbȯl How to pronounce volleyball (audio) \

Kids Definition of volleyball

1 : a game played by two teams that hit a ball filled with air over a net without letting the ball touch the ground
2 : the ball used in volleyball

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