[ luh-kraws, -kros ]
/ ləˈkrɔs, -ˈkrɒs /


a game, originated by Indians of North America, in which two 10-member teams attempt to send a small ball into each other's netted goal, each player being equipped with a crosse or stick at the end of which is a netted pocket for catching, carrying, or throwing the ball.

Origin of lacrosse

1710–20, Americanism; < Canadian French: literally, the crook (stick used in the game). See crosse Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for lacrosse


/ (ləˈkrɒs) /


a ball game invented by Native Americans, now played by two teams who try to propel a ball into each other's goal by means of long-handled hooked sticks that are loosely strung with a kind of netted pouch

Word Origin for lacrosse

C19: Canadian French: the hooked stick, crosier
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