Definition of lacrosse in English:

lacrosse

noun

mass noun
  • A team game, originally played by North American Indians, in which the ball is thrown, carried, and caught with a long-handled stick having a curved L-shaped or triangular frame at one end with a piece of shallow netting in the angle.

    • ‘The club, originally formed in 1872, hosts cricket, tennis, hockey, squash, racquet ball and lacrosse.’
    • ‘Now of course, this game wasn't called lacrosse by native Americans; they had all sorts of different names for it.’
    • ‘Even in indoor lacrosse they dress like hockey goalies, with a huge chest protector and huge gloves.’
    • ‘Why was the Duke lacrosse team allowed to play two games before its season was suspended?’
    • ‘For Georgie, 24, a keen sportswoman who has played both volleyball and lacrosse competitively, her new post also fulfils a dream.’
    • ‘A dozen Queen Margaret's School, Escrick, students have been selected for the county's hockey and lacrosse teams.’
    • ‘He told me once that he thought he was even better at lacrosse than at football.’
    • ‘In addition, he has been a volunteer coach for youth athletics in football, basketball and lacrosse.’
    • ‘Shinty, lacrosse and, my personal favourite, hockey, are all played and watched by large number of Scots every week.’
    • ‘For instance, how would Sir Alex have responded if the local lacrosse team had kicked his players off their training pitch?’
    • ‘The game has been called the king of one-horse sports and is described as a mix of polo and lacrosse.’
    • ‘I was more of a hockey, tennis and lacrosse person at school.’
    • ‘The ancient game of lacrosse has been hit by the soccer disease - violence.’
    • ‘She dons lots of Adidas and, whether playing lacrosse, tennis, soccer or hoops, she's always on the ball!’
    • ‘Even someone who has never played the game can find lacrosse quite entertaining.’
    • ‘And they perform far more skillfully in soccer, lacrosse and softball than they do in basketball.’
    • ‘We are playing some good lacrosse, but we are letting ourselves down by not competing for the full 80 minutes.’
    • ‘When I was at school and we played lacrosse, our teacher made a rule that only people not on the school team could score.’
    • ‘He was captain of his ski and lacrosse teams and senior-class president.’
    • ‘I coached football and lacrosse at State University of New York at Albany.’

Origin

Mid 19th century from French (le jeu de) la crosse ‘(the game of) the hooked stick’. Compare with crosse.

Pronunciation

lacrosse

/ləˈkrɒs/