mal·​let | \ ˈma-lət How to pronounce mallet (audio) \

Definition of mallet

: a hammer with a typically barrel-shaped head: such as
a : a tool with a large head for driving another tool or for striking a surface without marring it
b : a long-handled wooden implement used for striking a ball (as in polo or croquet)
c : a light hammer with a small rounded or spherical usually padded head used in playing certain musical instruments (such as a vibraphone)

Examples of mallet in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Martina, 53, beat Andre R. Smith II with a mallet, a sledgehammer, two belts, a coat rack and a cane over the course of 60 to 90 minutes in his home on the 4600 block of North 46th Street on Milwaukee’s north side. Elliot Hughes, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 1 Sep. 2021 Ariana Grande is twirling atop a marble column in the clouds, in a dress made of shards of mirrored glass, wielding an enormous silver mallet with a diamond as its hammer. Tatiana Cirisano, Billboard, 6 Aug. 2021 In the first study, nursery school children watched an adult heaping verbal and physical abuse on an inflatable Bobo the clown doll, punching it in the nose, kicking it, hitting it on the head with a mallet and throwing it around the room. New York Times, 29 July 2021 Transfer to a cutting board and lightly crush with a heavy skillet or meat mallet. Dawn Perry, Country Living, 20 June 2021 Here’s the mallet that makes her guitar chime like a dulcimer. Washington Post, 15 Aug. 2021 And everyone knows that, if there’s a croquet mallet in a car trunk or within ten miles of a dead body, it was definitely used as a murder weapon. Tom Papa, The New Yorker, 24 July 2021 As Reineke stood confidently atop the platform using a rubber mallet and a lathed mulberry branch to find the perfect hertz, Raynovich's eyes were like stars. Arkansas Online, 15 July 2021 Esteban played on the larger marimba, alongside three others, his eyes trained on the wooden keys and holding each mallet pinched between a thumb and pointer finger. Los Angeles Times, 25 June 2021

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First Known Use of mallet

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for mallet

Middle English maillet, from Anglo-French, diminutive of mail hammer — more at maul

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The first known use of mallet was in the 15th century

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25 Sep 2021

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“Mallet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of mallet

: a hammer with a large usually wooden head
: a club used for hitting the ball in croquet or polo


mal·​let | \ ˈma-lət How to pronounce mallet (audio) \

Kids Definition of mallet

1 : a hammer with a barrel-shaped head of wood or soft material
2 : a club with a short thick head and a long thin handle a croquet mallet


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