ces·​ta ˈse-stə How to pronounce cesta (audio)
: a narrow curved wicker basket used to catch and propel the ball in jai alai

Illustration of cesta

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Examples of cesta in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web With a rubber ball and cestas, the amateur jai-alai facility is at 1935 NE 150th St. in North Miami, near FIU’s North Campus. Miami Herald, 31 Jan. 2024 Dubbed the world’s fastest ball sport, jai alai involves players hurling and catching a pelota with a cesta on a three-walled court. Arian Campo-Flores, WSJ, 30 Mar. 2022 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, 29 June 2018

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1897, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cesta was in 1897

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“Cesta.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cesta. Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

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