Meaning of FOOTBALL in English


Pronunciation: ' fu ̇ t- ˌ bo ̇ l

Function: noun

Date: 15th century

1 : any of several games played between two teams on a usually rectangular field having goalposts or goals at each end and whose object is to get the ball over a goal line, into a goal, or between goalposts by running, passing, or kicking: as a British : SOCCER b British : RUGBY c : an American game played between two teams of 11 players each in which the ball is in possession of one side at a time and is advanced by running or passing d Australian : AUSTRALIAN RULES FOOTBALL e Canadian : CANADIAN FOOTBALL

2 a : an inflated oval ball used in the game of football b British : a soccer ball

3 : something treated roughly especially as the subject of a prolonged dispute <the issue became a political football in Congress>

– foot · ball · er \ - ˌ bo ̇ -l ə r \ noun

Merriam Webster Collegiate English Dictionary.      Merriam Webster - Энциклопедический словарь английского языка.