wicket

noun
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 fielders try to get the batsmen out by hitting the wooden wicket or catching an errant shot (among other methods of dismissal). The Economist, "Cricket’s increasing sizzle owes much to India," 14 June 2019 The term first appeared in 1858 in cricket, to describe a bowler (pitcher, in baseball parlance) who took three wickets (retired three batters) with three consecutive deliveries (pitches). Quanta Magazine, "A Hat Trick of Hat Puzzles," 9 Mar. 2016 Playing in Afghanistan’s adopted home — India — will pose a stern challenge to the Ireland batsmen, with the wickets likely to suit the Afghan spinners. Rizwan Ali, The Seattle Times, "Afghanistan set to “host” 1st home test in India vs Ireland," 19 Feb. 2019 And why an arch, which suggests the pioneers somehow passed through a giant croquet wicket? Philip Kennicott, kansascity, "St. Louis’ Gateway Arch emerges with new name, skeptical view of western expansion," 3 July 2018 And why an arch, which suggests the pioneers somehow passed through a giant croquet wicket? Philip Kennicott, kansascity, "St. Louis’ Gateway Arch emerges with new name, skeptical view of western expansion," 3 July 2018 And why an arch, which suggests the pioneers somehow passed through a giant croquet wicket? Philip Kennicott, kansascity, "St. Louis’ Gateway Arch emerges with new name, skeptical view of western expansion," 3 July 2018 And why an arch, which suggests the pioneers somehow passed through a giant croquet wicket? Philip Kennicott, kansascity, "St. Louis’ Gateway Arch emerges with new name, skeptical view of western expansion," 3 July 2018 And why an arch, which suggests the pioneers somehow passed through a giant croquet wicket? Philip Kennicott, kansascity, "St. Louis’ Gateway Arch emerges with new name, skeptical view of western expansion," 3 July 2018

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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

noun

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

wicket

noun
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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