Tennis Definition

tĕnĭs
noun
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)
Webster's New World
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.
Webster's New World
Court tennis.
American Heritage
Synonyms:
lawn-tennisprofessional tenniscourt-tennistennis tournamenttable-tennisthe tennis racketnet gameamateur tennisplatform tennismatch-play

Origin of Tennis

  • Middle English tenetz, tenyes court tennis from Anglo-Norman tenetz Old French tenez pl. imperative of tenir to hold from Latin tenēre detain

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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