Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A sport played by volleying a shuttlecock back and forth over a high narrow net by means of a light, long-handled racket.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A racquet sport played indoors on a court by two opposing players (singles) or two opposing pairs of players (doubles), in which a shuttlecock is volleyed over a net and the competitions are presided by an umpire in British English and a referee in American English.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A game, similar to lawn tennis, played with shuttlecocks.
  • n. A preparation of claret, spiced and sweetened.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An English outdoor game, similar to lawn-tennis, but played with shuttlecocks.
  • n. A summer beverage, properly a claret-cup made with soda-water instead of plain water and flavored with cucumber.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a game played on a court with light long-handled rackets used to volley a shuttlecock over a net

Etymologies

After Badminton, the Duke of Beaufort's country seat in western England.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Named after Badminton House, an estate in Gloucestershire owned by the Duke of Beaufort, where the game was first played in England. (Wiktionary)

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    August 4, 2007

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    February 23, 2007

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    December 12, 2006

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    December 12, 2006

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    December 12, 2006

  • Pronounced, "băd' mĭn tĭn."

    December 12, 2006