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[rak-it] /ˈræk ɪt/
racquets, (used with a singular verb) a game played with rackets and a ball by two or four persons on a four-walled court.
racket2 (defs 1, 2, 4).
Origin of racquet
variant of racket2
Can be confused
racket, racquet. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for racquet
  • The racquet heads are the size of a small skillet, slightly teardrop-shaped and strung tightly.
  • Oddly enough, there is no sound when your racquet hits the ball down the court.
  • Contracts can be arduous-insisting on, say, only a certain make of tennis racquet ever being held.
  • These efforts are in my mind akin to squashing an ants' nest with a tennis racquet.
  • If you sent it up with a tennis racquet, you could put it into the clouds.
  • Prevent tennis elbow by using the correct grip size, a two-handed backhand, and racquet strings that are not too tight.
  • The fuzz allows the ball to better interact with the air it is traveling in, the playing surface, and the racquet.
  • Guests can enjoy activities such as racquet sports, sailing or dining at the six restaurants on-site.
  • Take advantage of amenities offered by the condo complex: a hot tub and indoor pool plus tennis and racquet ball courts.
  • Guests may also enjoy the resort's spa and fitness and racquet club.
British Dictionary definitions for racquet


a bat consisting of an open network of nylon or other strings stretched in an oval frame with a handle, used to strike the ball in tennis, badminton, etc
a snowshoe shaped like a tennis racket
(transitive) to strike (a ball, shuttlecock, etc) with a racket
See also rackets
Word Origin
C16: from French raquette, from Arabic rāhat palm of the hand


a variant spelling of racket2
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Word Origin and History for racquet

"handled hitting device used in tennis, etc.," c.1500, probably originally "tennis-like game played with open hand" (late 14c.), from Middle French rachette, requette (Modern French raquette) "racket for hitting; palm of the hand," perhaps via Italian racchetta or Spanish raqueta, both from Arabic rahat, a form of raha "palm of the hand." Cf. French jeu de paume "tennis," literally "play with the palm of the hand" (cf. tennis).

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