- famous school for boys located in Rugby, England: founded 1567
- [usuallyr-] a kind of football popular in England, played by two opposing teams of usually 15 players: action is continuous and the oval ball may be passed laterally or backward, kicked forward, or carried: a forerunner of American tackle football, first played at Rugby schoolin full Rugby football
Origin of RugbyAfter Rugby School, England
1823: Named after Rugby School in Warwickshire where William Webb Ellis "˜with a fine disregard for the rules of football as played in his time, first took the ball in his arms and ran with it, thus originating the distinctive feature of the rugby game'. From the plaque at the school.
- A town in Warwickshire, where the sport of rugby is thought to have originated