- a game, usually played outdoors, in which two players or two pairs of players using rackets hit a fabric-covered, hollow rubber ball back and forth over a net stretched across a marked, level, rectangular area (tennis court)in full lawn tennis
- a similar but more complex old indoor game (court tennis) in which the ball is bounced against the walls of a specially constructed court as well as hit over a net
Origin of tennisMiddle English tenetz, probably from Anglo-French tenetz, receive, hold (imper. for Old French tenez) from Old French tenir, to hold (see tenant): a cry by the server before play
- A game played with rackets and a light ball by two players or two pairs of players on a rectangular court divided by a net. The players must hit the ball over the net and into a marked area on the other side for play to continue. Also called lawn tennis .
- Court tennis.
Origin of tennisMiddle English tenetz, tenyes court tennis from Anglo-Norman tenetz Old French tenez pl. imperative of tenir to hold from Latin tenēre ; see detain .