pall-mall


pall–mall

noun \ˌpel-ˈmel, ˌpal-ˈmal, US often ˌpl-ˈml\

Definition of PALL-MALL

:  a 17th century game in which each player attempts to drive a wooden ball with a mallet down an alley and through a raised ring in as few strokes as possible; also :  the alley in which it is played

Origin of PALL-MALL

Middle French pallemaille, from Italian pallamaglio, from palla ball (of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German balla ball) + maglio mallet, from Latin malleus — more at ball, maul
First Known Use: 1598

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