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Idioms about ball

Origin of ball

1
First recorded in 1175–1225; Middle English bal, balle, probably from Old English beall (unattested), from Germanic ballaz (unattested); compare Old Norse bǫllr, Old High German bal, ballo, balla, German Ball, Dutch bal; perhaps akin to Latin follis “leather bag, bellows”; see ballocks

OTHER WORDS FROM ball

ball·er, noun

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH ball

ball , bawl, bowl

Other definitions for ball (2 of 3)

ball2
[ bawl ]
/ bɔl /

noun
a large, usually lavish, formal party featuring social dancing and sometimes given for a particular purpose, as to introduce debutantes or benefit a charitable organization.
Informal. a thoroughly good time: Have a ball on your vacation!

Origin of ball

2
First recorded in 1600–10; from French bal, noun derivative of baler (now baller ) “to dance,” from Late Latin ballāre, from Greek (Magna Graecia) ballízein “to dance”

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH ball

ball , bawl, bowl

Other definitions for ball (3 of 3)

Ball
[ bawl ]
/ bɔl /

noun
George W(ild·man) [wahyld-muhn], /ˈwaɪld mən/, 1909–1994, U.S. lawyer, investment banker, and government official.
John, died 1381, English priest: one of the leaders of Wat Tyler's peasants' revolt in 1381.
Lucille, 1911–89, U.S. actress.
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How to use ball in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for ball (1 of 3)

ball1
/ (bɔːl) /

noun
verb

Word Origin for ball

C13: from Old Norse böllr; related to Old High German balla, Italian palla French balle

usage for ball

Sense 9 of this word was formerly considered to be taboo, and it was labelled as such in previous editions of Collins English Dictionary . However, it has now become acceptable in speech, although some older or more conservative people may object to its use

British Dictionary definitions for ball (2 of 3)

ball2
/ (bɔːl) /

noun
a social function for dancing, esp one that is lavish or formal
informal a very enjoyable time (esp in the phrase have a ball)

Word Origin for ball

C17: from French bal (n), from Old French baller (vb), from Late Latin ballāre to dance, from Greek ballizein

British Dictionary definitions for ball (3 of 3)

Ball
/ (bɔːl) /

noun
John . died 1381, English priest: executed as one of the leaders of the Peasants' Revolt (1381)
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Other Idioms and Phrases with ball

ball

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