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  1. a game played on a rectangular court by two players or two pairs of players equipped with light rackets used to volley a shuttlecock over a high net that divides the court in half.
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Origin of badminton

First recorded in 1835–45; named after Badminton, the country seat of the duke of Beaufort in Gloucestershire, England
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  1. a game played with rackets and a shuttlecock, which is hit back and forth across a high net
  2. Also called: badminton cup a long refreshing drink of claret with soda water and sugar
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Word Origin for badminton

C19: named after Badminton House, where the game was first played


  1. a village in SW England, in South Gloucestershire unitary authority, Gloucestershire: site of Badminton House, seat of the Duke of Beaufort; annual horse trials
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Word Origin and History for badminton


1874, from Badminton House, name of Gloucestershire estate of the Duke of Beaufort, where the game first was played in England, mid-19c., having been picked up by British officers from Indian poona. The place name is Old English Badimyncgtun (972), "estate of (a man called) Baduhelm."

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