Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

  

English definition of “goal”

goal

noun [C] (SPORT)    /ɡəʊl/ US  /ɡoʊl/
A2 an area on a playing field, that usually has two posts with a net fixed behind them, where players try to send the ball in order to score in sports such as football and hockey: Black kicked/headed the ball into/towards the goal.General terms used in ball sports A2 a point scored in some sports, such as football or hockey, when a player gets the ball into this area: Brazil won by three goals to one. Only one goal was scored in the entire match.General terms used in ball sports be/play in goal UK to be the player who tries to prevent the other team from scoring goals: Who is playing in goal for Milan this evening?General terms used in ball sports
(Definition of goal noun (SPORT) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Focus on the pronunciation of goal

Definitions of “goal” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

exercise

physical activity that you do to make your body strong and healthy

Word of the Day

Blog

Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More