One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
treated as singular A ball game for two or four people played with rackets in a plain four-walled court, distinguished from squash in particular by the use of a solid, harder ball.
- ‘He continued to play cricket (and rugby, boxing, rackets, cross-country, and swimming) and won a place in the Clifton XI in 1901 and 1902, with some success.’
Late Middle English (also in the singular): from French raquette, via Italian from Arabic rāḥa, rāḥat- ‘palm of the hand’.
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