vol·​ley·​ball ˈvä-lē-ˌbȯl How to pronounce volleyball (audio)
: a game played by volleying an inflated ball over a net
also : the ball used in this game

Example Sentences

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Word History

First Known Use

1896, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of volleyball was in 1896

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“Volleyball.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/volleyball. Accessed 28 May. 2023.

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vol·​ley·​ball ˈväl-ē-ˌbȯl How to pronounce volleyball (audio)
: a game played by volleying a large air-filled ball over a net
also : the ball used to play this game

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