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 Beach volleyball, windsurfing, diving, and kayaking are available, and guests have the opportunity to swim with dolphins off Salt Cay Island. Patricia Doherty, Travel + Leisure, 19 Jan. 2022 Away from the office, Hill plays basketball and beach volleyball. Marvin Pave, BostonGlobe.com, 14 Jan. 2022 In a historic move Thursday, the Ohio High School Athletic Association Board of Directors voted unanimously to add girls wrestling and boys volleyball as emerging sports beginning with the 2022-23 school year (next season). Scott Springer, The Enquirer, 13 Jan. 2022 To win two, now, is a memory — remembered by a photograph — that Arizona high school volleyball's newest player of the year will carry forever. Theo Mackie, The Arizona Republic, 12 Jan. 2022 The pool deck, according to Trotta’s design, will include a zero-depth pool, three-lane leisure pool, four-lane activity pool, diving boards, a family/tot slide, climbing wall and space for outdoor volleyball and basketball play. cleveland, 11 Jan. 2022 Spain Park’s Audrey Rothman was named today the 2021 Gatorade state volleyball Player of the Year. Al.com Reports, al, 11 Jan. 2022 Younger sister Abby, a Lyons sophomore, plays volleyball too. Matt Le Cren, chicagotribune.com, 7 Jan. 2022 Billy Wortman, the football coach and principal at Adrian High School, noted that many small rural schools save money by having volleyball and football teams travel together to play at league opponents. Nik Streng | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, 6 Jan. 2022

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First Known Use of volleyball

1896, in the meaning defined above

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21 Jan 2022

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“Volleyball.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/volleyball. Accessed 22 Jan. 2022.

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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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