jai alai

\ 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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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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