wicket

A wicket is a little gate or door. In sports, wicket can refer to either the hoop you aim for when hitting a croquet ball or the stump you aim for when batting a cricket ball.

The very oldest meaning of wicket is "small door or gate," and it's still used this way sometimes, especially when the door is beside or within a larger one. This type of wicket is often found in a very old garden entrance or the door to a grand castle. Since the 17th century, the cricket meaning has become the most common, although North Americans are usually talking about croquet when they mention wickets.

Primary Meanings of wicket

1.
n
a small gate or door (especially one that is part of a larger door)
2.
n
cricket equipment consisting of a set of three stumps topped by crosspieces; used in playing cricket
Full Definitions of wicket
1

n a small gate or door (especially one that is part of a larger door)

Synonyms:
wicket door, wicket gate
Type of:
gate
a movable barrier in a fence or wall

n small opening (like a window in a door) through which business can be transacted

Synonyms:
grille, lattice
Type of:
opening
a vacant or unobstructed space that is man-made

n a small arch used as croquet equipment

Synonyms:
hoop
Type of:
croquet equipment
sports equipment used in playing croquet
2

n cricket equipment consisting of a set of three stumps topped by crosspieces; used in playing cricket

Type of:
cricket equipment
sports equipment used in playing cricket

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