fron·​ton ˈfrän-ˌtän How to pronounce fronton (audio)
: a jai alai arena

Examples of fronton in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web To speed up the sport, Magic City has reduced the traditional fronton by nearly 60 feet (18 meters) and replaced the goatskin ball — as hard as a hockey puck — with a bouncier pelota that ricochets against plexiglass instead of the traditional granite wall. Joshua Goodman,, 28 Mar. 2022 The Dania Beach fronton opened on Dec. 28, 1953 and earlier this year, there was an announcement that the jai alai run in Dania Beach was over, but the demise of the sport proved to be premature. Emmett Hall, Sun Sentinel, 20 Oct. 2022 Players wait their turn while competing in a round-robin format at the Magic City Casino fronton. Arian Campo-Flores, WSJ, 30 Mar. 2022 The first jai alai fronton in the U.S. was built in St. Louis, for the 1904 World’s Fair, and in its heyday the game was played in several states. Joshua Goodman,, 28 Mar. 2022 In 2010, RD Management bought the fronton and property for nearly $2.5 million. Martin E. Comas,, 21 Dec. 2021 But Commissioner Lee Constantine said a venue with gambling at the old Orlando Jai Alai fronton site could be a step backward for an area that until just a few years ago had topless bars and dog racing nearby. Martin E. Comas,, 21 Dec. 2021 See More

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Word History


Spanish frontón gable, wall of a pelota court, fronton, from augmentative of frente forehead, from Latin front-, frons

First Known Use

1896, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of fronton was in 1896

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“Fronton.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

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