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



    BrE BrE//ˈrækɪt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈrækɪt//
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  1. 1[singular] (informal) a loud unpleasant noise synonym din Stop making that terrible racket!
  2. 2[countable] (informal) a dishonest or illegal way of getting money a protection/extortion/drugs, etc. racket
  3. 3(also racquet) [countable] a piece of sports equipment used for hitting the ball, etc. in the games of tennis, squash or badminton. It has an oval frame, with strings stretched across and down it. compare bat See related entries: Tennis
  4. 4 rackets, racquets [uncountable] a game for two or four people, similar to squash, played with rackets and a small hard ball in a court with four walls Culture The game of rackets first became popular in the 18th century in England, and is now played mainly at a few boys' public schools. Squash is a similar game that developed from rackets, and is played in a smaller court with a softer ball.
  5. Word Originsenses 3 to 4 early 16th cent.: from French raquette, via Italian from Arabic rāḥa, rāḥat- ‘palm of the hand’.senses 1 to 2 mid 16th cent.: perhaps imitative of clattering.Extra examples He had to shout over the racket. He ran a protection racket which demanded thousands from local businesses. He set up a protection racket and demanded thousands of pounds from local shopkeepers. He smashed his racket into the clay I heard a racket coming from upstairs. McEnroe received a warning for racket abuse in the second set. Stop that infernal racket! The gang operated an illegal immigration racket. You should restring your racket twice a year. a racket in stolen goods the other people in this racket They believe that he was the victim of a protection racket. an extortion/​protection racket
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