Definition of penalty area noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

penalty area

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noun
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(British English also penalty box, area) Soccer
 
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(in football (soccer )) the area in front of the goal. If the defending team breaks the rules within this area, the other team is given a penalty. See related entries: Soccer
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: penalty area