from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun 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 WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

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


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

[After Badminton, the Duke of Beaufort's country seat in western England.]

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Named after Badminton House, an estate in Gloucestershire owned by the Duke of Beaufort, where the game was first played in England.



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  • Pronounced, "băd' mĭn tĭn."

    December 12, 2006

  • I hear it more often as "bad mitten".

    December 12, 2006

  • This is true. I wasn't trying to be a pronunciation prescriptivist, though, or a wordanista.

    I just like the word, but only when it's pronounced "badmintin."

    December 12, 2006

  • Oh, I agree, much better pronounciation, I wasn't suggesting otherwise, just noting.

    December 12, 2006

  • I must move in more earthy circles, as I've never once heard it pronounced "bad min ton" except in jest. Cool word, though.

    February 23, 2007

  • Bad mitten! Bad mitten! Go to your room, mitten!

    August 4, 2007

  • And here I was, blaming the three little kittens.

    August 6, 2007

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