Meaning of “rugby” in the English Dictionary

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"rugby" in British English

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rugbynoun [ U ]

uk /ˈrʌɡ.bi/ us /ˈrʌɡ.bi/ also formal rugby football

A2 a sport where two teams try to score points by carrying an oval ball across a particular line or kicking it over and between an H-shaped set of posts:

Tom plays rugby every Saturday.
He's built like a rugby player (= he is very big and strong).
a rugby team/ball/game

More examples

  • She spends her Saturday afternoons standing on the touchline, watching her boyfriend play rugby.
  • He pulled a hamstring while playing rugby.
  • Six rugby internationals were charged with taking drugs to improve their performance.
  • Before a rugby match, the New Zealand team perform a Maori war dance.
  • The school playing fields were marked out for football and rugby.

(Definition of “rugby” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"rugby" in American English

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rugbynoun [ U ]

us /ˈrʌɡ·bi/

a game played between two teams using an oval-shaped ball that is kicked or carried to goals at either end of a field

(Definition of “rugby” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)