Definition of


  1. (noun, act) a game played with rackets by two or four players who hit a ball back and forth over a net that divides the court

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Synonyms of Tennis

lawn tennis

Alternate forms of Tennis

Hyponyms: court tennis, doubles, professional tennis, real tennis, royal tennis, singles

Hypernyms: court game

Origin of the word Tennis

  1. 1345, most likely from Anglo-Fr. tenetz "hold! receive! take!," from O.Fr. tenez, imperative of tenir "to hold, receive, take," which was used as a call from the server to his opponent. The original version of the game (a favorite sport of medieval Fr. knights) was played by striking the ball with the palm of the hand, and in O.Fr. was called la paulme,<… more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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