noun \pə-ˈlō-tə\

Definition of PELOTA

:  a court game related to jai alai
:  the ball used in jai alai

Origin of PELOTA

Spanish, from Old French pelote little ball — more at pellet
First Known Use: 1807

Rhymes with PELOTA


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

(Spanish: “little ball”) Any of several games in which players take turns, using a glove or implement, hitting a rubber ball either directly at one another or off a wall. The latter version is related to handball and jai alai, which are played by two or four players on one-, two-, or three-walled courts using gloves, rackets, or bats. In Spain and elsewhere, pelota is a professional sport on which spectators wager.


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