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badminton

[bad-min-tn] /ˈbæd mɪn tn/
noun
1.
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.
Origin
1835-1845
1835-45; named after Badminton, the country seat of the duke of Beaufort in Gloucestershire, England
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British Dictionary definitions for badminton

badminton

/ˈbædmɪntən/
noun
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
Word Origin
C19: named after Badminton House, where the game was first played

Badminton

/ˈbædmɪntən/
noun
1.
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 and History for badminton
n.

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 Old English Badimyncgtun (972), "estate of (a man called) Baduhelm."

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