Definition of real tennis in English:

real tennis


  • British term for court tennis
    • ‘Let me hasten to add, that's the smaller ball of real tennis, about 5-1/2 centimetres in diameter, not today's familiar lawn tennis ball.’
    • ‘He can be passionate about beekeeping or real tennis or skiing or collecting old books; but buildings are merely assets to buy and sell.’
    • ‘The Earl's penchant is for real tennis, the sport through which he met his wife.’
    • ‘He needed his own energy, particularly for the scene in which he plays real tennis against Dudley.’
    • ‘In the early years of the reign of Henry VIII a law was passed in 1512 that banned the ordinary person from a whole range of games such as real tennis, as favoured by Henry VII, cards, dice, bowls and skittles.’


real tennis

/rē(ə)l ˈtenəs/