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[kroh-key; British kroh-key, -kee] /kroʊˈkeɪ; British ˈkroʊ keɪ, -ki/
a game played by knocking wooden balls through metal wickets with mallets.
(in croquet) the act of driving away an opponent's ball by striking one's own when the two are in contact.
verb (used with object), croqueted
[kroh-keyd; British kroh-keyd, -keed] /kroʊˈkeɪd; British ˈkroʊ keɪd, -kid/ (Show IPA),
[kroh-key-ing; British kroh-key-ing, -kee-ing] /kroʊˈkeɪ ɪŋ; British ˈkroʊ keɪ ɪŋ, -ki ɪŋ/ (Show IPA)
to drive away (a ball) by a croquet.
Origin of croquet
1855-60; < French (dial.): hockey stick, literally, little hook; see crocket
Can be confused
coquette, croquet, croquette. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for croquet
  • She insists on every one's playing croquet before lunch, to which she gathers in a curiously mixed collection of neighbors.
  • In the summer, activities include swimming and croquet.
  • Guests have access to the hotel's football pitch, croquet, pool table and tennis court.
  • Additional recreational opportunities include croquet and a practice putting green.
  • Play tennis, golf--including family golf--croquet, and billiards.
  • Tennis courts, a croquet court, and nature and walking trails also are available.
  • Outside areas include barbecue grills, picnic tables, horseshoe pits and a croquet area.
  • They outlawed his croquet putting because he straddled the line.
  • Or maybe hockey and chess blended with billiards and croquet, then crossbred with a really good scrub of the kitchen floor.
  • You'll also find horseshoe pits, bocce ball, badminton and croquet areas.
British Dictionary definitions for croquet


/ˈkrəʊkeɪ; -kɪ/
a game for two to four players who hit a wooden ball through iron hoops with mallets in order to hit a peg
the act of croqueting
verb -quets (-keɪz; -kɪz), -queting (-keɪɪŋ; -kɪɪŋ), -queted (-keɪd; -kɪd)
to drive away (another player's ball) by hitting one's own ball when the two are in contact
Word Origin
C19: perhaps from French dialect, variant of crochet (little hook)
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Word Origin and History for croquet

1858, from Northern French dialect croquet "hockey stick," from Old North French "shepherd's crook," from Old French croc (12c.), from Old Norse krokr "hook" (see crook). Game originated in Brittany, popularized in Ireland c.1830, England c.1850, where it was very popular until 1872.

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