Definition of croquet in English:
- With more leisure time available, lawn sports became fashionable, and games like croquet and lawn tennis cemented the value of a thick, well-groomed lawn as a base for family activities.
- I played my first game of croquet on the lawn in his beautiful garden.
- In true Victorian style, you can play croquet on the lawn or chess, cards and board games in the games room.
verb (croquets /ˈkrəʊkeɪz/, croqueting /-keɪɪŋ/, croqueted /-keɪd/)[with object] Back to top
mid 19th century: perhaps a dialect form of French crochet 'hook'.
Different as they seem, croquet and crochet (mid 19th century) are probably the same word. Croquet is thought to be a form of French crochet ‘hook, shepherd's crook’, which can mean ‘hockey stick’ in parts of France, and in English refers to a handicraft in which yarn is made up into fabric with a hooked needle. The lawn game in which you drive balls through hoops with a mallet seems to have been invented in France but introduced to Ireland, from where it spread to England in the 1850s and quickly became a popular sport among the aristocracy. The French word is also the source of the musical note called the crotchet (Middle English), from its shape, and also the old-fashioned term meaning a perverse belief, a hooked or twisted point of view, in use since Middle English, and giving us the term crotchety in the early 19th century.
Words that rhyme with croquetcloqué
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