noun mal·let \ˈma-lət\

: a hammer with a large usually wooden head

sports : a club used for hitting the ball in croquet or polo

Full Definition of MALLET

:  a hammer with a typically barrel-shaped head: as
a :  a tool with a large head for driving another tool or for striking a surface without marring it
b :  a long-handled wooden implement used for striking a ball (as in polo or croquet)
c :  a light hammer with a small rounded or spherical usually padded head used in playing certain musical instruments (as a vibraphone)

Origin of MALLET

Middle English maillet, from Anglo-French, diminutive of mail hammer — more at maul
First Known Use: 15th century


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