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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The bowler’s goal is to take a wicket, which is being defended by a batsman, by knocking the bail off the stumps. Pat Stoetzer, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Baseball: Local cricket star Lisa Ramjit aces first pitch at Orioles game," 12 Aug. 2019 The pair put on 76 runs, the third highest final wicket stand in the history of first-class cricket. Sarah Holt, CNN, "Stokes steers England to sensational Test victory over Australia," 25 Aug. 2019 An over-reliance on this sort of player has made the English team susceptible to losing large numbers of wickets in clusters. M.j., The Economist, "The Ashes will feature the weakest pair of cricket teams in decades," 31 July 2019 Australia’s squad this summer includes six bowlers who take wickets in first-class matches for less than 30 runs on average, compared with seven such players on their mighty 2006 roster. M.j., The Economist, "The Ashes will feature the weakest pair of cricket teams in decades," 31 July 2019 The fast bowler took 157 wickets against England at an average of 20.92, striking fear into the hearts of England batsmen and fans alike. James Masters, CNN, "The Ashes: Sledging and the bitter fight for iconic minuscule trophy," 31 July 2019 Minnesota’s first run came in the second after Gold Glove first baseman Olson’s through-the-wickets error on an easy grounder by Max Kepler that allowed Miguel Sanó to speed in from third with two outs. Susan Slusser, SFChronicle.com, "A’s bounce back again, beat Twins 5-3," 19 July 2019 Stokes hit the ball and ran the length of the wicket, good for one run. Victor Mather, New York Times, "England’s World Cup Nail-Biter Might Have Been the Greatest Cricket Match Ever," 15 July 2019 India's Mohammed Shami celebrates taking the wicket of Afghanistan's Aftab Alam. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, "Coming to London: Yankees vs. Red Sox vs. the Great British Summer," 25 June 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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English Language Learners Definition of wicket

US : 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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