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 George Washington was recorded playing wicket—a rival game—at Valley Forge. The Economist, "Take me out of this ball game," 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, "Against expectations, this year’s Ashes were a slow-burning classic," 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, "India's World Cup dream on hold after rain halts semifinal clash," 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, "Here's what to watch for during FC Cincinnati's preseason camp at IMG Academy in Florida," 10 Feb. 2020 DeBrusk, holding his net-front position, jammed a second-chance try through Holtby’s wickets. BostonGlobe.com, "Bruins celebrate 7-3 victory over Capitals - The Boston Globe," 24 Dec. 2019 Earlier, left-handed Rajapaksa hit six sixes and four boundaries and dominated a 94-run fourth-wicket stand with Shehan Jayasuriya, who made 34. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Sri Lanka routs top-ranked Pakistan by 35 runs in 2nd T20," 7 Oct. 2019 This eight-wicket victory, which secured England's place in Sunday's final against New Zealand at Lord's, will long be remembered for the way that the host nation dismantled its greatest rival in its customary swashbuckling style. James Masters, CNN, "Australia vs. England: England ends 27-year wait to reach World Cup final," 11 July 2019 With 575 wickets and counting, he can be considered one of the all-time greats. SI.com, "The Ashes: The Cricketers Who Are Also Huge Football Fans," 14 Aug. 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 1 Dec. 2020.

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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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