Definition of croquet in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈkrəʊkeɪ
, -ki/


[mass noun]
  • 1A game played on a lawn, in which wooden balls are driven through a series of square-topped hoops by means of mallets: [as modifier]: a croquet lawn
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    • 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.
  • 1.1 [count noun] An act of croqueting a ball.
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    • A rover has the right of the roquet and consequent croquet on every ball once during each turn of play.
    • A player may take a croquet under certain circumstances when one ball hits another.

verb (croquets /ˈkrəʊkeɪz/, croqueting /-keɪɪŋ/, croqueted /-keɪd/)

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  • Drive away (an opponent’s ball) by holding one’s own ball against it and striking this with the mallet. A player is entitled to do this after their ball has struck an opponent’s.
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    • Oh good, she said, and wiped the lawn with me, roqueting and croqueting my balls to oblivion.


mid 19th century: perhaps a dialect form of French crochet 'hook'.

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