Definition of real tennis noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


real tennis

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(British English) (North American English court tennis) (Australian English royal tennis) [uncountable]
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an old form of tennis played inside a building with a hard ball Culture Real tennis was originally played by British kings and noblemen ('real' is an old form of the word royal), and lawn tennis developed from it. Real tennis has complicated rules. There are very few courts, so not many people play the game.

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