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 She and her brother Manuel were born in Cuba before coming to Miami, where their father was a professional jai alai player. New York Times, 8 July 2021 Arriola, 45, is a former youth international in jai alai who ran an unsuccessful campaign for mayor of Mexico City in 2018. Kevin Baxter, Los Angeles Times, 10 June 2021 DeSantis on Tuesday also signed a bill that could put an end to most live horse racing and jai alai games in Florida. News Service Of Florida, sun-sentinel.com, 25 May 2021 The Legislature is expected to consider a measure that would allow casinos to operate card games without also having to run quarter horse or harness races or jai alai matches. Skyler Swisher, sun-sentinel.com, 14 May 2021 Some of her earliest memories involve traveling with her dad from their home north of San Diego down to Tijuana to bet on horse races or jai alai. oregonlive, 11 May 2021 Also, lawmakers could allow many horse tracks and jai alai frontons to stop holding live races and performances while continuing to operate card rooms and, in Broward and Miami-Dade counties, slot machines. Jim Saunders, orlandosentinel.com, 5 May 2021 The legislation would allow casinos to operate card games without also having to run quarter horse or harness races or jai alai matches. Skyler Swisher, sun-sentinel.com, 22 Apr. 2021 The legislation would allow casinos to operate card games without also having to run quarter horse or harness races or jai alai matches. Skyler Swisher, sun-sentinel.com, 22 Apr. 2021

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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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13 Jul 2021

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“Jai alai.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jai%20alai. Accessed 5 Aug. 2021.

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