noun, often attributive
base·​ball | \ ˈbās-ˌbȯl How to pronounce baseball (audio) \

Definition of baseball

: a game played with a bat and ball between two teams of nine players each on a large field having four bases that mark the course a runner must take to score also : the ball used in this game

Examples of baseball in a Sentence

We watched baseball on TV last night.
Recent Examples on the Web That kept him away from playing baseball at Cal State Fullerton. Bernie Pleskoff, Forbes, 18 Jan. 2022 Lately, however, what is supposed to be a celebration of baseball’s highest honor has become a treacherous proposition. Jared Diamond, WSJ, 18 Jan. 2022 The hall of fame is for those who excel at the game of baseball in the major leagues. Jeremy Cluff, The Arizona Republic, 13 Jan. 2022 Voting for none of the players involved will one day leave the Hall of Fame, a museum dedicated to telling the story of baseball, without many of the most important figures of their generation and thus on the road to irrelevance. Dom Amore,, 30 Dec. 2021 The Cavaliers had been scheduled to face SMU at Fenway Park, home of baseball’s Boston Red Sox. Creg Stephenson |, al, 26 Dec. 2021 Of course, numbers have been part of the fabric of baseball as long as the box score has existed, and tracking of point totals has always been elemental to basketball. New York Times, 11 Dec. 2021 Girls are becoming more interested in playing baseball. John Shea, San Francisco Chronicle, 23 Nov. 2021 Joyce, who did easily win the 50 free in 20.93 seconds, has had a tough senior year with limited training after suffering a torn labrum while playing baseball for the Seminoles last spring. Buddy Collings,, 2 Nov. 2021

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First Known Use of baseball

1845, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of baseball was in 1845

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26 Jan 2022

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“Baseball.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of baseball

: a game played on a large field by two teams of nine players who try to score runs by hitting a small ball with a bat and then running to each of the four bases without being put out
: the ball used in baseball


base·​ball | \ ˈbās-ˌbȯl How to pronounce baseball (audio) \

Kids Definition of baseball

1 : a game played with a bat and ball by two teams of nine players on a field with four bases that mark the course a runner must take to score
2 : the ball used in the game of baseball

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