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racquet

[rak-it]
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noun
  1. racquets, (used with a singular verb) a game played with rackets and a ball by two or four persons on a four-walled court.
  2. racket2(defs 1, 2, 4).

Origin of racquet

variant of racket2
Can be confusedracket racquet

racket2

[rak-it]
noun
  1. a light bat having a netting of catgut or nylon stretched in a more or less oval frame and used for striking the ball in tennis, the shuttlecock in badminton, etc.
  2. the short-handled paddle used to strike the ball in table tennis.
  3. rackets, (used with a singular verb) racquet(def 1).
  4. a snowshoe made in the form of a tennis racket.
Also rac·quet (for defs 1, 2, 4).

Origin of racket2

1490–1500; < Middle French raquette, rachette, perhaps < Arabic rāḥet, variant of rāḥah palm of the hand
Related formsrack·et·like, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for racquet

racquet

noun
  1. a variant spelling of racket 2

racket1

noun
  1. a noisy disturbance or loud commotion; clamour; din
  2. gay or excited revelry, dissipation, etc
  3. an illegal enterprise carried on for profit, such as extortion, fraud, prostitution, drug peddling, etc
  4. slang a business or occupationwhat's your racket?
  5. music
    1. a medieval woodwind instrument of deep bass pitch
    2. a reed stop on an organ of deep bass pitch
verb
  1. (intr often foll by about) rare to go about gaily or noisily, in search of pleasure, excitement, etc

Word Origin

C16: probably of imitative origin; compare rattle 1

racket2

racquet

noun
  1. a bat consisting of an open network of nylon or other strings stretched in an oval frame with a handle, used to strike the ball in tennis, badminton, etc
  2. a snowshoe shaped like a tennis racket
verb
  1. (tr) to strike (a ball, shuttlecock, etc) with a racket
See also rackets

Word Origin

C16: from French raquette, from Arabic rāhat palm of the hand
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Word Origin and History for racquet

n.

"handled hitting device used in tennis, etc.," c.1500, probably originally "tennis-like game played with open hand" (late 14c.), from Middle French rachette, requette (Modern French raquette) "racket for hitting; palm of the hand," perhaps via Italian racchetta or Spanish raqueta, both from Arabic rahat, a form of raha "palm of the hand." Cf. French jeu de paume "tennis," literally "play with the palm of the hand" (cf. tennis).

racket

n.1

"loud noise," 1560s, perhaps imitative. Klein compares Gaelic racaid "noise." Meaning "dishonest activity" (1785) is perhaps from racquet, via notion of "game," reinforced by rack-rent "extortionate rent" (1590s), from rack (n.1).

racket

n.2

"handled paddle or netted bat used in tennis, etc.;" see racquet.

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