1. A thin strip of wood, having the ends brought together, forming a somewhat elliptical hoop, across which a network of catgut or cord is stretched. It is furnished with a handle, and is used for catching or striking a ball in tennis and similar games. Each one [of the Indians] has a bat curved like a crosier, and ending in a racket. (Bancroft)
Origin: F. Raquette; cf. Sp. Raquets, It. Racchetta, which is perhaps for retichetta, and fr. L. Rete a net (cf. Reticule); or perh. From the Arabic; cf. Ar. Raha the palm of the hand (used at first to strike the ball), and OF. Rachette, rasquette, carpus, tarsus
Alternative forms: racquet.