- 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.
- to drive away (a ball) by a croquet.
Origin of croquet
Examples from the Web for croquet
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
They haven't taken in the croquet hoops yet; shall we play at that?'The Talking Horse
The dragon treats the whole affair as if it was an invitation to tea and croquet.Dream Days
- 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
- to drive away (another player's ball) by hitting one's own ball when the two are in contact
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.