Definition of Badminton by Merriam-Webster

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bad·​min·​ton | ˈbad-ˌmi-tᵊn How to pronounce badminton (audio) , -ˌmin-tᵊn

: a court game played with light long-handled rackets and a shuttlecock volleyed over a net

Examples of badminton in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Associated Press surveyed 44 of the country’s national governing bodies (NGBs) — the organizations charged with operating programs from the grassroots through the Olympic levels in sports that run the gamut from badminton to basketball.

NBC News, “Photo: Social distancing at Lebanese mosque,” 8 May 2020
So university student Wei Zikai turned his living room into a badminton court.

Washington Post, “Confined at home, Chinese get creative to beat boredom,” 29 Jan. 2020
But there are plenty of other backyard game possibilities: cornhole, volleyball, badminton, croquet.


Laura Johnston, cleveland, “What if swimming pools, camps and amusement parks are closed amid coronavirus? 10 summer fun family ideas,” 29 Apr. 2020
Some stores are now open and people are returning to public places, with mask-wearing Wuhan residents taking to the city’s parks to go for walks, play badminton and even get haircuts courtesy of outdoor barbers.


David Culver, CNN, “Wuhan is on a slow path back to normality after 76-day coronavirus lockdown,” 23 Apr. 2020
My youngest coworker had a meltdown on the badminton court thanks to his unwillingness to share the space with his teammate.


Manavi Kapur, Quartz India, “Is your bored kid making work-from-home difficult? Think of her as just another annoying colleague,” 19 Mar. 2020
With the court slightly larger than a badminton court, the net is slightly lower than a tennis net, and the game can be played indoors or outdoors.


Shiela Johnson, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, “Pickleball tournament in Hampstead raises thousands for Friends of Disabled Veterans,” 4 Nov. 2019
The size of the court is smaller than a tennis court, but the same size as a badminton court, the association says.


Jennifer Johnson, chicagotribune.com, “Niles Parks creates outdoor pickleball courts,” 29 Aug. 2019
All coached girls sports: Phoenix Xavier’s Dave Van Sickle (cross county), Phoenix Horizon’s Valorie McKenzie (volleyball), Miami tennis coach Cherry Roberds (tennis) and Chandler’s Lois Emshoff (other sports/badminton).


Richard Obert, azcentral, “Four Arizona high school coaches honored by national organization,” 16 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of badminton

1863, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for badminton

probably from Badminton House, seat of the Dukes of Beaufort in Wiltshire, England (though a historical link between the game and this place has not been demonstrated)

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“Badminton.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/badminton. Accessed 15 Jun. 2020.

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bad·​min·​ton | ˈbad-ˌmin-tᵊn How to pronounce badminton (audio)

Kids Definition of badminton

: a game in which a shuttlecock is hit back and forth over a net by players using light rackets

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