Definition of badminton in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbadmin(t)n/


A game with rackets in which a shuttlecock is played back and forth across a net.
Example sentences
  • Norrie is a keen sportswoman who played badminton, soccer, camogie and tennis.
  • He is great at almost every sport, right from table tennis and badminton to even cerebral games like chess.
  • Games like badminton, table tennis, etc. are available and women have exclusive time too.


Mid 19th century: apparently named after Badminton House in southwest England, country seat of the Duke of Beaufort.

  • The game gets its name from the place in south west England which was the country seat of the Duke of Beaufort. Forms of the game had long existed, and were generally known as battledore and shuttlecock (the first from the same root at bat, the second, originally ‘shuttle-cork’ from shuttle and cork). A more competitive version of the old game was brought back by army officers from India in the 19th century and became a popular game in English country houses.

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Syllabification: bad·min·ton

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