jai alai

noun
\ ˈhī-ˌlī How to pronounce jai alai (audio) , ˌhī-ə-ˈlī How to pronounce jai alai (audio) \

Definition of jai alai

: a court game somewhat like handball played usually by two or four players with a ball and a long curved wicker basket strapped to the wrist

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Recent Examples on the Web Magic City Casino in Miami is showcasing a new generation of jai alai players, including many former University of Miami athletes. Mike Morris, Los Angeles Times, "Dodgers broke your heart? Here are other ‘ball’ games that might ease your pain," 17 Oct. 2019 Whatever emerges, there is a strong notion among jai alai promoters that their sport is undergoing somewhat of a revival in South Florida. David Lyons, sun-sentinel.com, "Goodbye horses, hello jai alai? Isle Casino Pompano looks to revive fast-paced game," 12 July 2019 Bulger’s role in the penetration of the jai alai industry. Edmund H. Mahony, courant.com, "Kevin Kane to retire as chief state’s attorney after nearly half a century as a prosecutor in Connecticut," 27 Aug. 2019 The companies envision 4,100 residential units, 950 hotel rooms, an 18-screen movie theater, nearly 1.4 million square feet of office space and a 300-seat jai alai fronton. David Lyons, sun-sentinel.com, "What we know about Isle Casino’s massive expansion — including a new Tri-Rail station," 1 Aug. 2019 Roller Champions Rocket League’s influence continues to reverberate through the industry with Roller Champions, another digital sports game—this one crossing roller derby with handball and jai alai. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "Ubisoft's biggest E3 2019 announcements: Watch Dogs Legion, Rainbow Six Quarantine, Uplay+," 10 June 2019 Without getting misty-eyed, down this road lies turning the national pastime into jai alai. Holman Jenkins, WSJ, "Gambling Is Coming, So Get Ready to Hate Sports," 18 May 2018

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First Known Use of jai alai

1901, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for jai alai

Spanish, from Basque, from jai festival + alai merry

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“Jai alai.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jai%20alai. Accessed 4 Jul. 2020.

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