Rugby

[ruhg-bee]
noun
1.
a city in E Warwickshire, in central England.
2.
a boys' preparatory school located there: founded 1567.
3.
Also, rugby. Also called rugger, Rugby football. a form of football, played between two teams of 15 members each, that differs from soccer in freedom to carry the ball, block with the hands and arms, and tackle, and is characterized chiefly by continuous action and prohibition against the use of substitute players.

Origin:
probably earlier than 1835–40 for def 3

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rugby or rugby football (ˈrʌɡbɪ)
 
n
1.  Also called: rugger a form of football played with an oval ball in which the handling and carrying of the ball is permitted
2.  (Canadian) another name for Canadian football
 
[C19: named after the public school at Rugby, where it was first played]
 
rugby football or rugby football
 
n
 
[C19: named after the public school at Rugby, where it was first played]

Rugby (ˈrʌɡbɪ)
 
n
a town in central England, in E Warwickshire: famous public school, founded in 1567. Pop: 61 988 (2001)

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rugby
1864, after Rugby, public school where the game was played, from city of Rugby in Warwickshire, central England. The place name is Rocheberie (1086) "fortified place of a man called *Hroca;" with second element from O.E. burh (dat. byrig), replaced by 13c. with O.N. -by "village" due to the infl. of
Dan. settlers. Otherwise it might be *Rockbury today. First element perhaps rather O.E. hroc "rook." Rugby Union formed 1871. Slang rugger for "rugby player" is from 1893.
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Example sentences for rugby
Rugby league rugby league is played with a prolate spheroid shaped football.
The town is also home to many amateur football, rugby and cricket teams.
The park includes a golf course, rugby, soccer, baseball, and softball fields.
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