1(in football, soccer, rugby, hockey, and some other games) a pair of posts linked by a crossbar and often with a net attached behind it, forming a space into or over which the ball has to be sent in order to score.
an instance of sending the ball into or over the goal, especially as a unit of scoring in a game:the decisive opening goalwe won by three goals to two
a cage or basket used as a goal in other sports.
2the object of a person’s ambition or effort; an aim or desired result:going to law school has become the most important goal in his life
the destination of a journey:the aircraft bumped toward our goal some 400 miles to the west
literary a point marking the end of a race.
in the position of goalkeeper.
Middle English (in the sense 'limit, boundary'): of unknown origin