From King Dictionary of Contemporary English
Related topics: Cricket, Insects
cricketcrick‧et /ˈkrɪkɪt/ ●●○ noun 1 [uncountable]DSC a game between two teams of 11 players in which players try to get points by hitting a ball and running between two sets of three sticks2 [countable]HBI a small brown insect that can jump, and that makes a rough sound by rubbing its wings togetherCOLLOCATIONSverbsplay cricketDo you play cricket?watch cricketHe likes to spend summer weekends watching + NOUNa cricket bat (=that you use to hit the ball)a cricket teamthe Australian cricket teama cricket club (=a group of people who play cricket together, or the place where they play and meet socially)The village cricket club held a barbecue.a cricket field/ground/pitch (=area of ground where cricket is played)the school cricket fielda cricket match (=a game of cricket)the cricket season (=the time of year when people play cricket)a cricket playerHe used to be a professional cricket player.a cricket captain (=the leader of a cricket team)a cricket tour (=a trip to a different country to play cricket)England's cricket tour to the West Indiesa cricket fan (=someone who likes cricket, especially watching it)types of cricketcounty cricket (=played between counties in England)international/world cricketHe brought South Africa back into international cricket.Test cricket (=played between the teams of different countries)
Examples from the Corpus
cricketAt the reception, to entertain the bridesmaids, I ate a black cricket the size of my thumb.In 1937 county cricket was estimated to have lost £30,000.Think of five-day cricket on television.It is a hum like the sound of crickets in the summer, a sound urging men to joy and mirth.After retiring, he became a radio commentator on cricket and rugby and also wrote about both sports for Sunday newspapers.He gets his first taste of inter-pro cricket.We spent beyond our means when I was playing Test cricket before and earning good money.Outside, the crickets chirped monotonously, with a Webern-like inconsistency yet precision of rhythm.
Origin cricket 1. (1500-1600) Old French criquet stick at which a ball is thrown2. (1300-1400) Old French criquet, from the sound it makes.