jai alai

noun
\ˈhī-ˌlī, ˌhī-ə-ˈlī \

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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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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