Meaning of FOOTBALL in English

transcription, транскрипция: [ ˈfu̇t-ˌbȯl ]


Date: 15th century

1. : any of several games played between two teams on a rectangular field having two goalposts at each end and whose object is to get the ball over a goal line 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. Canada : Canadian football


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 -ˌbȯ-lər noun

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.