Definition of rackets in English:


plural noun

  • [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.