Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “football”

See all translations

football

noun uk   /ˈfʊt.bɔːl/ us    /-bɑːl/
A1 [U] UK ( also mainly US soccer) a game played between two teams of eleven people, where each team tries to win by kicking a ball into the other team's goal: a football player/team He's playing football. Are you coming to the football match? I'm not a big football fan. [U] US ( UK American football) a game for two teams of eleven players in which an oval ball is moved along the field by running with it or throwing it: a football gameA1 [C] a large ball made of leather or plastic and filled with air, used in games of football
More examples
(Definition of football from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of football?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “football” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

be as cold as ice

to be extremely cold

Word of the Day

Cleavage proves divisive in Cambridge’s words of 2014

by Alastair Horne,
December 19, 2014
​​​​ Other dictionaries may choose faddish novelties as their words of the year, but here at Cambridge, we like to do something different. We look for the words that have seen sudden surges in searches over the course of the year – words that have been baffling users of English and driven them

Read More 

cinderella surgery noun

December 15, 2014
cosmetic surgery to the feet We have all heard of people having nose jobs, boob jobs and liposuction – but now a new trend growing in popularity in America: Cinderella surgery.

Read More