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croquet

[kroh-key; British kroh-key, -kee]
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noun
  1. a game played by knocking wooden balls through metal wickets with mallets.
  2. (in croquet) the act of driving away an opponent's ball by striking one's own when the two are in contact.
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verb (used with object), cro·queted [kroh-keyd; British kroh-keyd, -keed] /kroʊˈkeɪd; British ˈkroʊ keɪd, -kid/, cro·quet·ing [kroh-key-ing; British kroh-key-ing, -kee-ing] /kroʊˈkeɪ ɪŋ; British ˈkroʊ keɪ ɪŋ, -ki ɪŋ/.
  1. to drive away (a ball) by a croquet.
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Origin of croquet

1855–60; < French (dial.): hockey stick, literally, little hook; see crocket
Can be confusedcoquette croquet croquette
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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.

    Harper's Young People, October 12, 1880

    Various

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

  • 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 dragon treats the whole affair as if it was an invitation to tea and croquet.

    Dream Days

    Kenneth Grahame


British Dictionary definitions for croquet

croquet

noun
  1. a game for two to four players who hit a wooden ball through iron hoops with mallets in order to hit a peg
  2. the act of croqueting
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verb -quets (-keɪz, -kɪz), -queting (-keɪɪŋ, -kɪɪŋ) or -queted (-keɪd, -kɪd)
  1. to drive away (another player's ball) by hitting one's own ball when the two are in contact
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Word Origin

C19: perhaps from French dialect, variant of crochet (little hook)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for croquet

n.

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.

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