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Cách viết khác : lawn tennis ['lɔ:n'tenis]
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(thể dục,thể thao) quần vợt, ten-nít
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danh từ
Quần vợt.
Chơi tennis.
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tennis (tĕnʹĭs) noun


1. A game played with rackets and a light ball by two players or two pairs of players on a rectangular court, as of grass, clay, or asphalt, divided by a net. Also called lawn tennis.

2. Court tennis.


[Middle English tenetz, tenyes, court tennis, from Anglo-Norman tenetz Old French tenez pl. imperative of tenir, to hold, from Latin tenēre. See detain.]

Word History: Surprisingly, the origin of the word tennis is not precisely known, even though much is known about the history of this sport. The word in the form tenetz is first recorded in a work written around 1400. The game referred to is what is now called court tennis, or real tennis, which is played on a large indoor court with a specially marked-out floor and high cement walls off which the ball may be played. It seems likely that the Middle English form tenetz is from tenetz, an Anglo-Norman variant of the Old French word tenez, the imperative of tenir,"to hold," and meaning "receive," said by the server to his opponent. As this evidence indicates, tennis originated in medieval France, but the French called the game, then as now, la paume. By tennis we do not mean what tenetz or la paume meant but rather lawn tennis, a term first recorded around 1874, shortly after an early form of lawn tennis, descended from court tennis, was introduced. Unlike court tennis, which is traditionally associated with the rich and the royal, tennis is open to players from a wide spectrum of society, although it certainly is not unconnected with the rich and the royal.