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

Origin and Etymology of jai alai

Spanish, from Basque, from jai festival + alai merry



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