[ kroh-key; British kroh-key, -kee ]
/ kroʊˈkeɪ; British ˈkroʊ keɪ, -ki /


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.

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/.

to drive away (a ball) by a croquet.

Origin of croquet

1855–60; < French (dial.): hockey stick, literally, little hook; see crocket
Can be confusedcoquette croquet croquette Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for croquet


/ (ˈkrəʊkeɪ, -kɪ) /


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

verb -quets (-keɪz, -kɪz), -queting (-keɪɪŋ, -kɪɪŋ) or -queted (-keɪd, -kɪd)

to drive away (another player's ball) by hitting one's own ball when the two are in contact

Word Origin for croquet

C19: perhaps from French dialect, variant of crochet (little hook)
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