wick·​et ˈwi-kət How to pronounce wicket (audio)
: a small gate or door
especially : one forming part of or placed near a larger gate or door
: an opening like a window
especially : a grilled or grated window through which business is transacted
: either of the two sets of three stumps topped by two crosspieces and set 66 feet apart at which the ball is bowled in cricket
: an area 10 feet wide bounded by these wickets
: one innings of a batsman
specifically : one that is not completed or never begun
win by three wickets
: an arch or hoop in croquet

Examples of wicket in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Such a scenario seemed unlikely for most of the match as India set a relatively low score of 119 all out and Pakistan began its run chase with composure, but key wickets lost at crucial times consigned it to a damaging defeat. Issy Ronald, CNN, 9 June 2024 The few blemishes — Jurickson Profar caught on the bases in the fifth, Bogaerts letting a ball through the wickets in the ninth — became no-harm, no-foul afterthoughts. Bryce Miller, San Diego Union-Tribune, 13 May 2024 The first team to score four wickets is the winner and gets bragging rights. Chris MacIas -, Sacramento Bee, 1 Feb. 2024 Croquet is traditionally played with six or nine wickets, but many variations of the game exist. Chris MacIas -, Sacramento Bee, 1 Feb. 2024 See all Example Sentences for wicket 

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Word History


Middle English wiket, from Anglo-French, probably of Germanic origin; akin to Old Norse vīk inlet, corner

First Known Use

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of wicket was in the 13th century

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Cite this Entry

“Wicket.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wicket. Accessed 20 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


wick·​et ˈwik-ət How to pronounce wicket (audio)
: a small gate or door
especially : one in or near a larger one
: a small window (as at a ticket office) through which one does business
: either of the two sets of three rods topped by two crosspieces at which the ball is bowled in cricket
: an arch or hoop (as of wire) through which a ball is hit in croquet
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