noun, often attributive
\ ˈgälf How to pronounce golf (audio) , ˈgȯlf, ˈgäf, ˈgȯf, sometimes ˈgəlf \

Definition of golf

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a game in which a player using special clubs attempts to sink a ball with as few strokes as possible into each of the 9 or 18 successive holes on a course


communications code word

Definition of Golf (Entry 2 of 2)

used as a code word for the letter g

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Other Words from golf


golf intransitive verb
golfer noun

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This is a game in which a player using special clubs attempts to sink a small ball into each of the nine or 18 successive holes on an outdoor course, using as few strokes as possible. Golf developed in Scotland as early as the 15th century; the courses were originally fields that herds of sheep had clipped short in their characteristic grazing style. Golf balls, originally made of wood, are now made of hard rubber. Clubs are known by the traditional names of “irons” and “woods”; today irons are more likely made of stainless steel than iron, and the heads of woods are usually made of metal such as steel or titanium instead of wood.

Examples of golf in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Donald Trump’s Miami golf resort hosted a four-day conference for conspiracy theorists and far-right diehards named AmpFest last week. Zach Everson, Forbes, 14 Oct. 2021 The franchise business also offers virtual reality gaming, food and drinks, competitions, leagues, golf lessons, memberships, corporate outings and social events. Rafael Guerrero,, 14 Oct. 2021 Although Pebble Beach and Carmel are strongly associated with golf, there is plenty for non-golfers, too. John Wogan, Travel + Leisure, 14 Oct. 2021 From sewers to golf courses, cities see green with new federal COVID-19 relief dollars. Celina Tebor, USA TODAY, 13 Oct. 2021 There’s more to Kohanaiki’s offerings than just golf, too. Helena Madden, Robb Report, 13 Oct. 2021 The first indications of a split between the two came in late September when Austin Cox was notably absent at the governor’s golf fundraiser. Bryan Schott, The Salt Lake Tribune, 13 Oct. 2021 Former Arizona State women's golf head coach Linda Vollstedt was inducted into the LPGA Professionals Hall of Fame over the weekend. Todd Kelly, The Arizona Republic, 12 Oct. 2021 The Deer Run and Wekiva golf clubs are owned by firms headed by the late Bob Dello Russo, a Lake Mary resident who died this summer. Grace Toohey,, 12 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of golf


15th century, in the meaning defined above

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1952, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for golf


Middle English (Scots)

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The first known use of golf was in the 15th century

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16 Oct 2021

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“Golf.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of golf

: an outdoor game in which players use special clubs (called golf clubs) to try to hit a small ball with as few strokes as possible into each of 9 or 18 holes


\ ˈgälf How to pronounce golf (audio) , ˈgȯlf \

Kids Definition of golf

: a game played by hitting a small ball with special clubs into each of nine or 18 holes in as few strokes as possible

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