- The definition of badminton is a game that originated in England that is played by hitting a small, feathered object called a shuttlecock back and forth across the net with a long-handled racquet.
An example of of a badminton match is when two teams of two players each hit a shuttlecock back and forth over a net on a grass court.
A woman playing badminton.
Origin of badmintonafter Badminton, estate of the Duke of Beaufort
Origin of badmintonAfter Badminton, the Duke of Beaufort's country seat in western England.
Lee Chong Wei of
Malaysia at the
2007 Yonex Open Japan
Named after Badminton House, an estate in Gloucestershire owned by the Duke of Beaufort, where the game was first played in England.
The place name is from Old English Badimyncgtun (“estate of (a man called) Baduhelm”).