wick·​et | \ ˈwi-kət How to pronounce wicket (audio) \

Definition of wicket

1 : a small gate or door especially : one forming part of or placed near a larger gate or door
2 : an opening like a window especially : a grilled or grated window through which business is transacted
3a : 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
b : an area 10 feet wide bounded by these wickets
c : one innings of a batsman specifically : one that is not completed or never begun win by three wickets
4 : an arch or hoop in croquet

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Recent Examples on the Web The nine-wicket game continues to be hugely popular. Southern Living, 17 May 2021 But their hopes of setting an impregnable Steve Waugh side a tough fourth innings chase were undone by part-time spinner Simon Katich, who starred with a career best 6-65 in Australia’s eventual nine-wicket victory. Tristan Lavalette, Forbes, 6 Apr. 2021 Stoppard was the wicket-keeper, stylish in enormous bright red Slazenger gloves. New York Times, 15 Feb. 2021 George Washington was recorded playing wicket—a rival game—at Valley Forge. The Economist, 31 Oct. 2019 While nobody else mustered an average above 55, Steve Smith’s runs for Australia came at a rate of 110 per wicket. M.j., The Economist, 17 Sep. 2019 One of the most talented batsmen in world cricket, Williamson's 67 allowed New Zealand to recover from a dreadfully slow start punctuated by the loss of wickets. James Masters, CNN, 9 July 2019 What happens between now and then will go a long way to deciding whether Spencer Richey or Przemysław Tytoń are between the wickets at Red Bull Arena next month. Pat Brennan, Cincinnati.com, 10 Feb. 2020 DeBrusk, holding his net-front position, jammed a second-chance try through Holtby’s wickets. BostonGlobe.com, 24 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of wicket

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for wicket

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

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“Wicket.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wicket. Accessed 19 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of wicket

: any one of the series of curved wires in the ground that the ball must be hit through in the game of croquet
: either of the two sets of three wooden sticks at which the ball is bowled
: the rectangular area of ground that is between the two wickets


wick·​et | \ ˈwi-kət How to pronounce wicket (audio) \

Kids Definition of wicket

1 : an arch (as of wire) through which the ball is hit in the game of croquet
2 : a small gate or door in or near a larger gate or door
3 : a small window (as in a bank) through which business is conducted
4 : either of the two sets of three rods topped by two crosspieces at which the ball is bowled in cricket


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