Definition of croquet noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

croquet

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BrE BrE//ˈkrəʊkeɪ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//kroʊˈkeɪ//
 
[uncountable] Games
 
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a game played on grass in which players use wooden hammers (called mallets ) to knock wooden balls through a series of hoops (= curved wires) See related entries: Games Culture Croquet became popular among the upper classes in Britain in the 1850s, and is still often regarded as an upper-class game today. The All England Croquet Club began at Wimbledon in 1868. The four countries where croquet is most played are Britain, Australia, New Zealand and the US. Word Origin mid 19th cent.: perhaps a dialect form of French crochet ‘hook’.
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