Definition of


  1. (noun, act) a game invented by American Indians; now played by two teams who use long-handled rackets to catch and carry and throw the ball toward the opponents' goal

via WordNet, Princeton University

Alternate forms of Lacrosse

Hypernyms: field game

Origin of the word Lacrosse

  1. 1718, Amer.Eng., from Canadian Fr. jeu de la crosse "game of the hooked sticks," from crosse "hooked stick," which is used to throw the ball, from P.Gmc. *kruk-. Originally a N.Amer. Indian game. The native name is represented by Ojibwa (Algonquian) baaga'adowe "to play lacrosse." more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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