Definition of croquet in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkrəʊkeɪ/
Pronunciation: /ˈkrəʊki/


[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
More example sentences
  • 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.
Example sentences
  • 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 /ˈkrəʊkeɪɪŋ/, croqueted /ˈkrəʊkeɪd/)

[with object]
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.
Example sentences
  • 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'.

  • 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 croquet


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