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

Examples of jai alai in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For the uninitiated, jai alai may sound like the new pro sports league on the block akin to that of ultimate or cornhole. Fox News, 9 Aug. 2022 Others are disposed of in a deadly game that seems to be a cross between handball and jai alai, with just a touch of ancient gladiatorial shields thrown in to ward off the deadly fireballs used in the contest. Arthur Knight, The Hollywood Reporter, 9 July 2022 What could be jai alai’s curtain call is playing out at Magic City Casino, the last place the game is played as a professional sport. Joshua Goodman, sun-sentinel.com, 28 Mar. 2022 What could be jai alai’s curtain call is playing out at Magic City Casino, the last place the game is played as a professional sport. Joshua Goodman, orlandosentinel.com, 28 Mar. 2022 Miami’s Magic City Casino hopes Mr. Carballo and his fellow players will save jai alai from extinction in the U.S. Arian Campo-flores, WSJ, 30 Mar. 2022 Such changes, made by Magic City Chief Operating Officer Scott Savin, have sent jai alai purists into a tizzy. Arian Campo-flores, WSJ, 30 Mar. 2022 The elaborate Frontón Palacio jai alai arena opened in downtown Tijuana to a capacity crowd of 3,000 spectators 75 years ago on Feb. 28, 1947. Merrie Monteagudo, San Diego Union-Tribune, 27 Feb. 2022 If passed by voters, Floridians 21 years old and up could wager on sports online, as well as professional sports venues and pari-mutuel facilities, which include horse racing tracks and jai alai arenas. Ira Winderman, sun-sentinel.com, 7 Aug. 2021 See More

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'jai alai.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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

Learn More About jai alai

Time Traveler for jai alai

Time Traveler

The first known use of jai alai was in 1901

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near jai alai

Jahwe

jai alai

jail

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for jai alai

Last Updated

18 Aug 2022

Cite this Entry

“Jai alai.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jai%20alai. Accessed 5 Oct. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More from Merriam-Webster on jai alai

Nglish: Translation of jai alai for Spanish Speakers

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about jai alai

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

The Great British Vocabulary Quiz

  • union jack speech bubble
  • Named after Sir Robert Peel, what are British police called?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!