[ vol-ee-bawl ]
/ ˈvɒl iˌbɔl /


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.

Origin of volleyball

An Americanism dating back to 1895–1900; volley + ball1
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British Dictionary definitions for volleyball


/ (ˈvɒlɪˌbɔːl) /


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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