from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A game played on a rectangular field by two teams of ten players each, in which participants use a long-handled stick that has a webbed pouch on one end to maneuver a ball into the opposing team's goal.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A sport played on a field between two opposing teams using sticks (crosses) and a ball, whereby one team defeats the other by achieving a higher score by scoring goals within the allotted time.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A game of ball, originating among the North American Indians, now the popular field sport of Canada, and played also in England and the United States. Each player carries a long-handled racket, called a “crosse”. The ball is not handled but caught with the crosse and carried on it, or tossed from it, the object being to carry it or throw it through one of the goals placed at opposite ends of the field.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A game of ball played by two parties of players, twelve on each side, on a level plot of ground, at each end of which is a goal through which the players strive to hurl the ball.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a game invented by American Indians; now played by two teams who use long-handled rackets to catch and carry and throw the ball toward the opponents' goal
Canadian French la crosse, from French (jeu de) la crosse, (game of) the hooked stick, from Old French croce, crosse, crosier, of Germanic origin.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Borrowed from French la ("the") crosse ("stick"). (Wiktionary)