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a game played on a rectangular court by two players or two pairs of players equipped with light rackets used to volley a shuttlecock over a high net that divides the court in half.
Contemporary Examples

As to why badminton is largely ignored, or even laughed, at in the US, Jiang threw the question right back.
Olympics Badminton Scandal Rocks China Dan Levin August 1, 2012

But this Olympics, badminton is making headlines for all the wrong reasons.
Olympics Badminton Scandal Rocks China Dan Levin August 1, 2012

Over the last decade, the two countries have engaged in “wrestling diplomacy,” “soccer diplomacy,” even “badminton diplomacy.”
Ahmadinejad Tangles With Hollywood Reza Aslan March 1, 2009

Historical Examples

Mr. Punch drinks to his Grace of Beaufort in a cup of badminton.
Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 98, May 17, 1890. Various

Croquet, badminton, and other games go on until dinner-time.
Sport and Work on the Nepaul Frontier James Inglis

The same may be said of badminton, another favorite Lenten game, played somewhat after the manner of tennis.
The Complete Bachelor Walter Germain

badminton and volley ball, races and track events, were also useful.
With Our Soldiers in France Sherwood Eddy

His household at badminton was regulated after the fashion of an earlier generation.
The History of England from the Accession of James II. Thomas Babington Macaulay

He often left me to pass a week with the Beauforts at badminton, and this never failed to render me completely wretched.
The Memoirs of Harriette Wilson, Volumes One and Two Harriette Wilson

The directions for playing them may be found in Billiards (badminton Library series).
Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Slice 7 Various

a game played with rackets and a shuttlecock, which is hit back and forth across a high net
Also called badminton cup. a long refreshing drink of claret with soda water and sugar
a village in SW England, in South Gloucestershire unitary authority, Gloucestershire: site of Badminton House, seat of the Duke of Beaufort; annual horse trials

1874, from Badminton House, name of Gloucestershire estate of the Duke of Beaufort, where the game first was played in England, mid-19c., having been picked up by British officers from Indian poona. The place name is Old English Badimyncgtun (972), “estate of (a man called) Baduhelm.”


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