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badminton

Badminton is a racket sport like tennis, but instead of a ball, a funny looking feathered thing called a shuttlecock is whacked over the net. It’s best played on a lawn after brunch, while wearing white.

This racket game, which dates to the 19th century, is named after the Duke of Beaufort's country estate. It’s the kind of game you’d play on a country estate while the children frolic, but it can also be very competitive — it’s been an Olympic sport since 1992. Badminton rackets are light with long handles, and the shuttlecock is hit back and forth like a ball. Like tennis, you can play singles (one on one) or doubles (two on two).

Definitions of badminton
  1. noun
    a game played on a court with light long-handled rackets used to volley a shuttlecock over a net
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    types:
    battledore, battledore and shuttlecock
    an ancient racket game
    singles
    badminton played with one person on each side
    doubles
    badminton played with two players on each side
    type of:
    court game
    an athletic game played on a court
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