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 But Annese is urging his players to go to a volleyball match on campus that night, as a show of support. Jeff Seidel, Detroit Free Press, "The secret that ties Michigan's most successful college football team to Clemson," 28 Nov. 2019 Khalia Lanier returned to her home state for one final college match Wednesday night, breaking the hearts and perhaps the postseason hopes of Arizona State volleyball. Jeff Metcalfe, azcentral, "Khalia Lanier of Scottsdale returns to lead USC volleyball past ASU," 27 Nov. 2019 Becky Groves sat in the stands behind the Century volleyball bench during the Class 2A state final at Ritchie Coliseum on Nov. 16, where the Knights were playing in their program’s second state championship match. Megan Woodward, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Volleyball: ‘Blessed with talent,’ Century coach Bryan Trumbo joins father, sister in state title success," 27 Nov. 2019 So does beach volleyball icon Kerri Walsh Jennings, who last didn’t earn an Olympic medal nearly two decades ago. Adam Carlson, PEOPLE.com, "Behind the Scenes as 110 of America's Best Athletes Get Ready for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics," 25 Nov. 2019 The number of 6- to 12-year-olds surged in baseball, basketball, field hockey, ice hockey and volleyball. Bob Shaw, Twin Cities, "More younger football players turning to alternatives to tackling," 23 Nov. 2019 Avon girls volleyball has never been to a state championship game. Dan Brechlin, courant.com, "Redemption, a four-peat and the game of the day: Here are 7 storylines to watch for at Connecticut’s high school state championships this weekend," 22 Nov. 2019 The gymnasium at Clemens High School hasn’t changed much in the past four months, save for a few posters commemorating a successful volleyball season adorning two walls. Terrence Thomas, ExpressNews.com, "Clemens volleyball trio makes winning sacrifice," 21 Nov. 2019 Schilling has a career record of 1,523-411 while guiding the Admirals to 18 straight state championships and 25 of the school's 28 volleyball titles. Dennis Victory, al, "Bayside Academy’s Ann Schilling selected high school volleyball national co-coach of the year," 20 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of volleyball

1896, in the meaning defined above

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1 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Volleyball.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/volleyball?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=v&file=volley02. Accessed 14 December 2019.

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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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