Nearby words

  1. teak,
  2. teakettle,
  3. teakwood,
  4. teal,
  5. teale's amputation,
  6. team foul,
  7. team handball,
  8. team player,
  9. team spirit,
  10. team up with

Origin of team

before 900; Middle English teme (noun), Old English tēam child-bearing, brood, offspring, set of draft beasts; cognate with Dutch toom bridle, reins, German Zaum, Old Norse taumr

Related formsin·ter·team, adjectiveun·der·teamed, adjectiveun·teamed, adjective

Usage note Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for team

British Dictionary definitions for team


noun (sometimes functioning as plural)

a group of people organized to work together
a group of players forming one of the sides in a sporting contest
two or more animals working together to pull a vehicle or agricultural implement
such animals and the vehiclethe coachman riding his team
dialect a flock, herd, or brood
obsolete ancestry


(when intr, often foll by up) to make or cause to make a teamhe teamed George with Robert
(tr) US and Canadian to drag or transport in or by a team
(intr) US and Canadian to drive a team

Word Origin for team

Old English team offspring; related to Old Frisian tām bridle, Old Norse taumr chain yoking animals together, Old High German zoum bridle

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Word Origin and History for team
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