Definition of inning in English:



  • Each division of a game during which both sides have a turn at batting.

    • ‘Then in the seventh inning, the center fielder singled home the go-ahead run.’
    • ‘White set a modern major league record in scoring three runs in the 7th inning of that game.’
    • ‘Interesting timing, because if you're going to cut the game short, it seems only fair to announce it before a full inning, so both sides have fair warning.’
    • ‘Fielder leads off the inning by ripping a double down the rightfield line.’
    • ‘Casey, who grew up near Pittsburgh, says he thought a lot about batting in the first inning of the first game at a new stadium in his hometown.’


Old English innung ‘a putting or getting in’, related to in. The current sense dates from the mid 19th century.