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 cricketb : an area 10 feet wide bounded by these wicketsc : 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
Recent Examples of wicket from the Web
Shoot hoops Three teams can aim for the wicket with mallets handmade by Amish artisans.
Their most recent encounter was in 2016, when India won by six wickets in Kolkata during the ICC World Twenty20.
Aravind Adiga’s Selection Day (Scribner) lands in the sticky wicket of modern India.
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Origin and Etymology of wicket
Middle English wiket, from Anglo-French, probably of Germanic origin; akin to Old Norse vīk inlet, corner
First Known Use: 13th centurySee Words from the same year
WICKET Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of wicket for English Language Learners
: any one of the series of curved wires in the ground that the ball must be hit through in the game of croquet
cricket : 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
WICKET Defined for Kids
Definition of wicket for Students
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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