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



BrE BrE//ˈtenɪs//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈtenɪs//
(formal lawn tennis) [uncountable] Tennis
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a game in which two or four players use rackets to hit a ball backwards and forwards across a net on a specially marked court to play tennis a tennis player/tournament/club/court She is a popular figure on the international tennis circuit. Williams’ return to competitive tennis after injury See related entries: Tennis Word Originlate Middle English tenetz, tenes ‘real tennis’, apparently from Old French tenez ‘take, receive’ (called by the server to an opponent), imperative of tenir.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: tennis