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[kroh-key; British kroh-key, -kee] /kroʊˈkeɪ; British ˈkroʊ keɪ, -ki/
a game played by knocking wooden balls through metal wickets with mallets.
(in croquet) the act of driving away an opponent's ball by striking one's own when the two are in contact.
verb (used with object), croqueted
[kroh-keyd; British kroh-keyd, -keed] /kroʊˈkeɪd; British ˈkroʊ keɪd, -kid/ (Show IPA),
[kroh-key-ing; British kroh-key-ing, -kee-ing] /kroʊˈkeɪ ɪŋ; British ˈkroʊ keɪ ɪŋ, -ki ɪŋ/ (Show IPA)
to drive away (a ball) by a croquet.
Origin of croquet
1855-60; < French (dial.): hockey stick, literally, little hook; see crocket
Can be confused
coquette, croquet, croquette. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for croquet
Historical Examples
  • We have a croquet set in the yard, and sometimes we have a tent too.

  • There was croquet after lunch—a game at which I am a poor performer.

    Love Among the Chickens P. G. Wodehouse
  • In other words, the thing's feet must have been arched like a croquet wicket.

    IT and Other Stories Gouverneur Morris
  • They haven't taken in the croquet hoops yet; shall we play at that?'

    The Talking Horse F. Anstey
  • The dragon treats the whole affair as if it was an invitation to tea and croquet.

    Dream Days Kenneth Grahame
  • Her arms were no bigger than the handles of our croquet mallets.

    Fairy Prince and Other Stories Eleanor Hallowell Abbott
  • Hence the Mall and Pall-Mall, where games like croquet were played.

  • I am sure she, like many others, is easily your victim—at croquet.

    Clair de Lune

    Michael Strange
  • What have golfers, and tennis-players, and makers of century runs to do with croquet?

    The Bibliotaph Leon H. Vincent
  • I can play a very good set, and beat most ladies at croquet.

    Tom and Some Other Girls Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
British Dictionary definitions for croquet


/ˈkrəʊkeɪ; -kɪ/
a game for two to four players who hit a wooden ball through iron hoops with mallets in order to hit a peg
the act of croqueting
verb -quets (-keɪz; -kɪz), -queting (-keɪɪŋ; -kɪɪŋ), -queted (-keɪd; -kɪd)
to drive away (another player's ball) by hitting one's own ball when the two are in contact
Word Origin
C19: perhaps from French dialect, variant of crochet (little hook)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for croquet

1858, from Northern French dialect croquet "hockey stick," from Old North French "shepherd's crook," from Old French croc (12c.), from Old Norse krokr "hook" (see crook). Game originated in Brittany, popularized in Ireland c.1830, England c.1850, where it was very popular until 1872.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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