|Origin:||Probably from the sound.|
|Origin:||raquette, from Italian racchetta, from Arabic rahah 'front of the hand'|
1 [singular] informalC
a loud noise:
The old machine used to make an awful racket.
2 [countable] informalSC
a dishonest way of obtaining money, such as by threatening people or selling them illegal goods
drugs/gambling/smuggling etc racket
Police believe he is involved in an international smuggling racket.
➔ protection racketat protection (5)
3 [countable] also racquetDS
a specially shaped piece of wood or metal that you use for hitting the ball in games such as tennis, that has a circle filled with tight strings at one end [↪ bat]:
a tennis racket