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

  • A municipal borough of central England east-southeast of Birmingham. It is noted primarily as the site of Rugby School, opened in 1574, where the game of Rugby was developed in the 19th century. Population: 61,900.
  • n. A game played by two teams of 15 players each on a rectangular field 110 yards long with goal lines and goal posts at either end, the object being to run with an oval ball across the opponent's goal line or kick it through the upper portion of the goal posts, with forward passing and time-outs not permitted.

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  • proper n. A town in Warwickshire, where the sport of rugby is thought to have originated

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

  • n. a form of football played with an oval ball


After Rugby School, England.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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