Definitions for footballˈfʊtˌbɔl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. an American game in which two opposing teams of 11 players each defend goals at opposite ends of a field, with points being scored chiefly by carrying the ball across the opponent's goal line or by place-kicking or drop-kicking the ball over the crossbar between the opponent's goal posts.

    Category: Sport

  2. Canadian football.

    Category: Canada/Canadian

  3. the ball used in either of these games, an inflated oval with a bladder contained in a casing usu. made of leather.

    Category: Sport

  4. Chiefly Brit.

    Category: Sport

    Ref: Rugby (def. 2). 3

  5. Chiefly Brit.

    Category: Sport

    Ref: soccer .

  6. a problem over which various parties debate continually.

  7. (cap.) Slang. a briefcase containing the codes and options the president of the U.S. would use to launch a nuclear attack.

    Category: Military, Government

Origin of football:



Princeton's WordNet

  1. football, football game(noun)

    any of various games played with a ball (round or oval) in which two teams try to kick or carry or propel the ball into each other's goal

  2. football(noun)

    the inflated oblong ball used in playing American football

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. football(noun)ˈfʊtˌbɔl

    a game played with eleven layers and an oval-shaped ball, or the ball used in this game

    to play football; kids throwing a football

  2. footballˈfʊtˌbɔl

    soccer, or the ball used in this sport

    ***to play football; ***a football match; ***a brand new football


  1. football(Noun)

    association football: a game in which two teams each contend to get a round ball into the other team's goal primarily by kicking the ball. Known as soccer in the US

    Each team scored three goals when they played football.

  2. football(Noun)

    American football: a game in which two teams attempt to get an ovoid ball to the end of each other's territory.

    Each team scored two touchdowns when they played football.

  3. football(Noun)

    Canadian football: a game played on a wide field in which two teams attempt to get an ovoid ball to the end of each other's territory.

    They played football in the snow.

  4. football(Noun)

    Australian rules football.

  5. football(Noun)

    Gaelic football: a field game played with similar rules to hurling, but using hands and feet rather than a stick, and a ball, similar to, yet smaller than a soccer ball.

  6. football(Noun)

    rugby league.

  7. football(Noun)

    rugby union

  8. football(Noun)

    The ball used in any game called "football".

    The player kicked the football.

  9. football(Noun)

    Practise of these particular games, or techniques used in them.

  10. football(Noun)

    An item of discussion, particularly in a back-and-forth manner

    That budget item became a political football.

  11. football(Noun)

    The nickname of the leather briefcase containing classified nuclear war plans, which is always near the US President.

  12. Origin: foot + ball; may refer to the act of kicking a ball with the feet, or to the fact that games are played on foot, as opposed to on horseback.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Football(noun)

    an inflated ball to be kicked in sport, usually made in India rubber, or a bladder incased in Leather

  2. Football(noun)

    the game of kicking the football by opposing parties of players between goals


  1. Football

    Association football, commonly known as football or soccer, is a sport played between two teams of eleven players with a spherical ball. It is played by 250 million players in over 200 countries, making it the world's most popular sport. The game is played on a rectangular field with a goal at each end. The object of the game is to score by kicking the ball into the opposing goal. The goalkeepers are the only players allowed to touch the ball with their hands or arms while it is in play and then only in their penalty area. Outfield players mostly use their feet to strike or pass the ball, but may use their head to strike the ball instead. The team that scores the most goals by the end of the match wins. If the score is tied at the end of the game, either a draw is declared or the game goes into extra time and/or a penalty shootout depending on the format of the competition. The Laws of the Game were originally codified in England by The Football Association in 1863. Association football is governed internationally by the International Federation of Association Football which organises a World Cup every four years.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Football

    A competitive team sport played on a rectangular field. This is the American or Canadian version of the game and also includes the form known as rugby. It does not include non-North American football (= SOCCER).

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz


    A clever subterfuge for carrying on prize-fights under the guise of a reputable game.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'football' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1670

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'football' in Written Corpus Frequency: #970

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'football' in Nouns Frequency: #696

Translations for football

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a game played by kicking a large ball

The children played football; (also adjective) a football fan.

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