hock·​ey ˈhä-kē How to pronounce hockey (audio)

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Saint Ignatius is a private Jesuit high school near Chicago whose JV hockey team was traveling across state lines for a weekend tournament in Culver. Hannah Sarisohn, CNN, 13 Nov. 2022 Miller was planning to play college hockey at the University of North Dakota. Katie Mcinerney,, 6 Nov. 2022 There weren’t many options for girls to play hockey in the 1980s and 1990s. Houston Mitchell, Los Angeles Times, 6 Oct. 2022 It’s where Henderson learned to play hockey while his father was stationed there as a Merchant Marine during World War II. Petula Dvorak, Washington Post, 22 Sep. 2022 At least 16 were injured Saturday night, after a tractor-trailer ran a red light and slammed into a bus carrying high school hockey players in Warsaw, Indiana, according to law enforcement officials. Teddy Grant, ABC News, 13 Nov. 2022 That rhythm of not having to think is good for most hockey players. Globe Staff,, 18 Oct. 2022 The underpaid hockey players sprung into action, scoring significantly more goals in an attempt to boost their earnings. Jane Thier, Fortune, 27 Sep. 2022 The ping was from Wayne Gretzky, who happens to be one of the greatest hockey players ever. Jarrett Bell, USA TODAY, 18 Sep. 2022 See More

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'hockey.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

Word History


perhaps from Middle French hoquet shepherd's crook, diminutive of hoc hook, of Germanic origin; akin to Old English hōc hook

First Known Use

1527, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of hockey was in 1527

Dictionary Entries Near hockey

Cite this Entry

“Hockey.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition



hock·​ey ˈhäk-ē How to pronounce hockey (audio)

More from Merriam-Webster on hockey

Last Updated: - Updated example sentences
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

Commonly Confused Words Quiz

  • vector image of a face with thought expression
  • I went to the ______ store to buy a birthday card.
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.