a game played on a rectangular court by two players or two pairs of players equipped with light rackets used to volley a shuttlecock over a high net that divides the court in half.

1835–45; named after Badminton, the country seat of the duke of Beaufort in Gloucestershire, England Unabridged
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badminton (ˈbædmɪntən)
1.  a game played with rackets and a shuttlecock, which is hit back and forth across a high net
2.  Also called: badminton cup a long refreshing drink of claret with soda water and sugar
[C19: named after Badminton House, where the game was first played]

Badminton (ˈbædmɪntən)
a village in SW England, in South Gloucestershire unitary authority, Gloucestershire: site of Badminton House, seat of the Duke of Beaufort; annual horse trials

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Word Origin & History

1874, from Badminton House, name of Gloucestershire estate of the Duke of Beaufort, where the game first was played in England, mid-19c., having been picked up by British officers from Indian poona. The place name is O.E. Badimyncgtun (972), "estate of (a man called) Baduhelm."
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Example sentences
They navigate via thick string taped to the floor of the badminton-sized court.
He loves to play badminton and often programs late into the night.
Depending on whom you ask, the structure resembles a tree or a badminton birdie
  with a golden egg at the top.
Badminton and checker te nis under expert instruction.
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