- an old game in which a boxwood ball was struck by a mallet through an iron ring hung at the end of an alley
- the alley in which this game was played
Origin of pall-mallMiddle French palemail from Italian pallamaglio from palla ( from Langobardic palla, akin to Old High German balla, ball) + maglio from Classical Latin malleus, a hammer: see malleable
- A game of the 1600s in which a boxwood ball was struck with a mallet to drive it through an iron ring suspended at the end of an alley.
- The alley in which this game was played.
Origin of pall-mallObsolete French pallemaille from Italian pallamaglio palla ball ( of Germanic origin ; see bhel-2 in Indo-European roots.) maglio mallet ( from Latin malleus ; see melə- in Indo-European roots.)
A fashionable street in London, England, noted as the site of St. James's Palace and many private clubs. It derives its name from the game pall-mall, which was played on the grounds in front of the palace in the 1600s.
From the pall mall, the name of a game once played there.