: 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

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Word History


Spanish, from Basque, from jai festival + alai merry

First Known Use

1901, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of jai alai was in 1901

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Cite this Entry

“Jai alai.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jai%20alai. Accessed 17 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

: a court game somewhat like handball played usually by two or four players using a ball and a long curved basket strapped to the wrist

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