a game for two teams in which the object is to keep a large ball in motion, from side to side over a high net, by striking it with the hands before it touches the ground.
the ball used in this game.

Nearby words

  1. volkmann's contracture,
  2. volksdeutscher,
  3. volkslied,
  4. volksraad,
  5. volley,
  6. vologda,
  7. volos,
  8. volost,
  9. volplane,
  10. vols.

Origin of volleyball

An Americanism dating back to 1895–1900; volley + ball1

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British Dictionary definitions for volleyball



a game in which two teams hit a large ball back and forth over a high net with their hands
the ball used in this game
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Word Origin and History for volleyball



1896, from volley + ball (n.1).

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