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

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On her various appearances through the years, Kate has done everything from play volleyball to leave the hospital after giving birth in heels. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton Jokes About Changing from High Heels to Combat Boots," 29 Mar. 2019 Molly Davis grew up watching beach volleyball stars Kerri Walsh Jennings and Misty May Treanor for Team USA. Brian Gosset, star-telegram, "Sisters duo has aspirations of playing in Olympics. They’re off to a good start," 13 July 2018 The air conditioning was the first piece of the puzzle to upgrading and renovating the gym that serves as a practice facility for Valparaiso’s basketball and women’s volleyball programs. Michael Osipoff, Post-Tribune, "Matt Lottich says upgrades to Hilltop Gym give Valparaiso a 'Division I quality' practice facility," 4 July 2018 The state coaches association says the Bears and Vikings are the top Class 4A volleyball teams in the state. Nathan Joyce, The Seattle Times, "Tahoma, Lake Stevens ranked 1-2 in latest state volleyball rankings," 9 Oct. 2018 In the seven years since becoming a royal herself, Kate Middleton has been spotted taking part in everything from a cricket match in India to a volleyball game in East London. Zoe Weiner, Glamour, "Meghan Markle Wore Heels While Playing Ball With Prince Harry and Crushed It," 24 Sep. 2018 College of the Ozarks, which has approximately 1,400 undergraduates, competes in six sports -- baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, track and volleyball -- as a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). Samuel Chamberlain, Fox News, "College of the Ozarks, private Christian school, drops Nike over Kaepernick ad," 6 Sep. 2018 Cali Trepp, a 24-year-old model who studied nursing and played volleyball at Alverno College in Milwaukee; and Samantha McKinnon, who has worked at Deuce’s and the Diamond Club in Wrigleyville; are among the 22 competitors. Tracy Swartz, chicagotribune.com, "2 Chicagoans look for love on MTV's 'Are You the One?'," 11 July 2018 What one wilderness doc thought was a simple rash or possibly the shingles on the top of his foot was actually a horde of cutaneous larva picked up while playing beach volleyball on the banks of the Amazon. Marc Peruzzi, Outside Online, "19 Lessons I Learned from Extreme Sports Pros," 25 June 2018

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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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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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