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



    BrE BrE//ˈkrɪkɪt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkrɪkɪt//
    Cricket, Invertebrates
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  1. 1 [uncountable] a game played on grass by two teams of 11 players. Players score points (called runs ) by hitting the ball with a wooden bat and running between two sets of vertical wooden sticks, called stumps. a cricket match/team/club/ball CulturecricketCricket is a summer sport played in England and some other, mainly Commonwealth, countries between two teams of 11 players on a grass pitch. In England, it is played between April and September at many levels, from informal games on the beach to matches between schools, villages and professional sides representing a county. Players traditionally play wearing white, although this is now being replaced in some competitions by coloured clothing. Cricket is played by both men and women, but there are no official mixed teams and men and women do not play against each other. Cricket is a complicated game played with wooden bats and a hard leather ball. Each team bats (= hits the ball) for an innings, trying to score runs, while the other team bowls (= throws the ball) and fields (= tries to catch or stop the ball after it has been hit). Their aim is to get the batsman out for as few runs as possible. Two batsmen are in (= on the pitch) at the same time, each defending a wicket (= three upright wooden posts with two short pieces of wood resting on top of them) which the bowler tries to hit. Each bowler in turn bowls an over (= throws the ball six times from the same end of the pitch). The two wickets are 22 yards apart and runs are scored when the batsmen run between them after they have hit the ball. A batsman can also score four runs if he hits the ball over the boundary (= a line round the edge of the pitch) or six runs if it goes over the boundary before it hits the ground. A batsman can be out for a variety of reasons and an innings usually ends when all but one of the batting team are out.Matches may last for several days, though one-day and limited-over matches are popular. In England and Wales, 18 counties compete each year in two divisions in the county championship. They also compete in the Twenty20 Cup, a series of limited-over matches in which each team bowls 20 overs, which started in 2003. The English national team plays test matches against other national sides including Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, India, Pakistan and the West Indies and in the Cricket World Cup which takes place every four years. England and Australia also compete for the Ashes, a series of 5-day test matches. See related entries: Cricket
  2. 2 [countable] a small brown jumping insect that makes a loud high sound by rubbing its wings together the chirping of crickets See related entries: Cricket, Invertebrates
  3. Word Originsense 1 late 16th cent.: of unknown origin. sense 2 Middle English: from Old French criquet, from criquer ‘to crackle’, of imitative origin.Extra examples The only sound was a cricket chirping. This game marks his comeback to the international cricket scene. an auction of cricket memorabiliaIdioms (old-fashioned, British English, informal) unfair; not honourable You can’t do it without telling him; it’s just not cricket. See related entries: Cricket
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