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Football (international).
American football.

English

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Etymology

foot + ball

Noun

Singular
football

Plural
s

football (s)
  1. (UK, Template loop detected: Template:context 2) A game in which two teams of eleven players each contend to get a round ball into the other team's goal primarily by kicking the ball with their feet. In amateur games it may be a team of five or six, or indeed any number.
    Each team scored three goals when they played football.
  2. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) American football: a game similar to rugby football 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. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) 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. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) Term used to refer to the same game as the British definition (association football).
  5. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) Australian rules football.
  6. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) Rugby League.
  1. (countable) The ball used in any game called "football".
    The player kicked the football.
  2. Practise of these particular games, or techniques used in them.
  3. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) An item of discussion, particularly in a back-and-forth manner
    That budget item became a political football.
  4. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) 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.
  5. (slang) The nickname of the leather briefcase containing classified nuclear war plans, which is always near the US President.

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French

Etymology

From English.

Pronunciation

Noun

football m. (plural footballs)

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

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Interlingua

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Noun

Singular
football

Plural
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football (-)
  1. football (soccer)

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