football

EnglishEdit

Association football.
American football.
a football (Association football)
an American football
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EtymologyEdit

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.

NounEdit

football (countable and uncountable, plural footballs)

  1. (other than the US, 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 the US
    Each team scored three goals when they played football.
  2. (US, uncountable) 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. (Canada, uncountable) 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. (Australia, Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia, Tasmania, Northern Territory, uncountable) Australian rules football.
  5. (Ireland, uncountable) 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. (Australia, New South Wales, Queensland, uncountable) rugby league.
  7. (Australia, Ireland, New Zealand) rugby union
  8. (countable) The ball used in any game called "football".
    The player kicked the football.
  9. (uncountable) Practise of these particular games, or techniques used in them.
  10. (figuratively, countable) An item of discussion, particularly in a back-and-forth manner
    That budget item became a political football.
  11. (slang, countable) The nickname of the leather briefcase containing classified nuclear war plans, which is always near the US President.

SynonymsEdit

  • ("football" in Britain):
  • ("football" in the US): (British) American football, (Australia) gridiron, gridiron football
  • ("football" in Canada): (outside Canada) Canadian football
  • ("football" in Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia): footy, Aussie Rules, VFL (outdated), AFL
  • ("football" in New South Wales and Queensland): footy, league
  • ("football (association football)" in Australia): soccer
  • (ball):
    • (in all varieties of English and in all games called "football"): ball
    • (Australia: in Aussie rules and rugby): footy, pill
    • (Australia: in football (soccer)): soccerball
    • (in US: American football): pigskin

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FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

From English.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

football m (plural footballs)

  1. association football, soccer
  2. (Canada) Canadian football
  3. (less common) American football

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InterlinguaEdit

EtymologyEdit

From English.

NounEdit

football (uncountable)

  1. football (soccer)
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