See also: Football, foot-ball, and foot ball
- 1 English
- 1.1 Alternative forms
- 1.2 Etymology
- 1.3 Pronunciation
- 1.4 Noun
- 1.4.1 Hyponyms
- 1.4.2 Derived terms
- 1.4.3 Related terms
- 1.4.4 Descendants
- 1.4.5 Translations
- 1.5 Verb
- 1.6 See also
- 1.7 Further reading
- 1.8 References
- 2 French
- 2.1 Etymology
- 2.2 Pronunciation
- 2.3 Noun
- 2.3.1 Synonyms
- 2.4 Further reading
- 3 Interlingua
- 3.1 Etymology
- 3.2 Noun
- 4 Middle English
- 4.1 Noun
- 5 Portuguese
- 5.1 Noun
A football used for association footballA football used for American football
From Middle English footbal, foteball, equivalent to foot + ball, which may refer to the act of kicking a ball with the feet. The name for the briefcase is a play on “dropkick”, the code name of an early version of the nuclear war plan.
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈfʊtbɔl/
- IPA(key): [ˈfʊʔtbɔɫ], [ˈfʊʔt̚bɔɫ]
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈfʊtbɔːl/
- IPA(key): [ˈfʊʔt̚bɔːl], [ˈfʊʔtʰbɔːl], [ˈfʊʔbɔːl]
- (Canada) IPA(key): /ˈfʊtbɑl/
(countable and uncountable, plural footballs)
- (general) A sport played on foot in which teams attempt to get a ball into a goal or zone defended by the other team.
Roman and medieval football matches were more violent than any modern type of football.
- (Britain, uncountable) 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 Canada, the United States, Australia, and New Zealand. Synonyms: see Thesaurus:football
Each team scored three goals when they played football.
- (US, uncountable) American football: a game played on a field of 100 yards long and 53 1/3 yards wide in which two teams of 11 players attempt to get an ovoid ball to the end of each other’s territory. Synonyms: see Thesaurus:football
Each team scored two touchdowns when they played football.
- (Canada, uncountable) Canadian football: a game played on a played on a field of 110 yards long and 65 yards wide in which two teams of 12 players attempt to get an ovoid ball to the end of each other’s territory. Synonyms: see Thesaurus:football
They played football in the snow.
- (Australia, Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia, Tasmania, Northern Territory, uncountable) Australian rules football. Synonyms: see Thesaurus:football
- (Ireland, uncountable) Gaelic football: a…