- a kind of hammer, usually with a heavy wooden head and a short handle, for driving a chisel, etc.
- a long-handled hammer with a cylindrical wooden head, used in playing croquet
- a similar instrument, but with a longer, flexible handle, used in playing polo
- a small, light hammer, usually with a felt-covered head, used for playing a vibraphone, xylophone, etc.
Origin of malletMiddle English malyet from Middle French maillet, diminutive of mail from Old French maile: see maul