n pl , -ties
1 a legal or official punishment, such as a term of imprisonment
2 some other form of punishment, such as a fine or forfeit for not fulfilling a contract
3 loss, suffering, or other unfortunate result of one's own action, error, etc.
4 (Sport, games, etc.) a handicap awarded against a player or team for illegal play, such as a free shot at goal by the opposing team, loss of points, etc. (C16: from Medieval Latin poenalitas penalty; see penal)
n often preceded by: the capital punishment
n (Soccer) a rectangular area in front of the goal, within which the goalkeeper may handle the ball and within which a penalty is awarded for a foul by the defending team
1 (Soccer) another name for →
2 (Ice hockey) a bench for players serving time penalties
n (Hockey) a free hit from the goal line taken by the attacking side, (Also called)
1 (Soccer) a free kick at the goal from a point (penalty spot) within the penalty area and 12 yards (about 11 m) from the goal, with only the goalkeeper allowed to defend it: awarded to the attacking team after a foul within the penalty area by a member of the defending team
2 (Rugby Union) a kick awarded after a serious foul that can be aimed straight at the goal to score three points
n (Ice hockey) a good player who, when his team is short-handed because of a penalty, is sent onto the ice to prevent the other side from scoring
pl n (Austral. and N.Z.) rates of pay, such as double time, paid to employees working outside normal working hours
1 (Soccer) a method of deciding the winner of a drawn match, in which players from each team attempt to score with a penalty kick
2 a similar method of resolving a tie in hockey, ice hockey, polo, etc.