jai alai


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jai a·lai

 (hī′ lī′, hī′ ə-lī′, hī′ ə-lī′)
n.
A court game in which players use a long hand-shaped basket strapped to the wrist to propel a ball against a wall.

[Spanish, from Basque : jai, festival + alai, joyous.]

jai alai

(ˈhaɪ ˈlaɪ; ˈhaɪ əˌlaɪ; ˌhaɪ əˈlaɪ)
n
(Ball Games, other than specified) a version of pelota played by two or four players
[via Spanish from Basque, from jai game, festival + alai merry]

jai a•lai

(ˈhaɪ ˌlaɪ, ˈhaɪ əˌlaɪ, ˌhaɪ əˈlaɪ)
n.
a game resembling handball, played on a three-walled court by two, four, or six players who use a long, curved wicker basket (cesta) strapped to the wrist to catch and throw a small, hard ball against the front wall.Compare fronton.
[1905–10; < Sp < Basque, =jai holiday, feast + alai merry]

jai alai

A Basque phrase meaning joyous game, used to mean a court game in which players propel and catch a ball using a special basket strapped to the hand.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.jai alai - a Basque or Spanish game played in a court with a ball and a wickerwork racketjai alai - a Basque or Spanish game played in a court with a ball and a wickerwork racket
court game - an athletic game played on a court
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