Jai-alai definition

hī lī, hī ə-lī, hī ə-lī
A court game in which players use a long hand-shaped basket strapped to the wrist to propel a ball against a wall.
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A Basque ball game in which the players propel the ball using a long basket attached to the wrist.
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A game like handball, popular in Latin America: it is played with a curved basket (cesta) fastened to the arm, for catching the ball and hurling it against the wall.
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Origin of jai-alai

  • Spanish from Basque jai festival alai joyous

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Spanish, from Basque jai (“festival”) +‎ alai (“merry”)

    From Wiktionary