ces·​ta | \ ˈse-stə How to pronounce cesta (audio) \

Definition of cesta

: a narrow curved wicker basket used to catch and propel the ball in jai alai

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Examples of cesta in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web During the past few months, the athletes have been learning to maneuver long, curved baskets (cestas) strapped to their hands, and hurl the ball (pelota) against the court walls at speeds up to 170 mph. Michelle Kaufman, miamiherald, "These 10 former UM athletes make their Jai-Alai debut at Magic City Casino on Sunday," 29 June 2018

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First Known Use of cesta

circa 1902, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cesta

Spanish, literally, basket, from Latin cista box, basket

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The first known use of cesta was circa 1902

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“Cesta.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cesta. Accessed 12 Jul. 2020.

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