mal·​let | \ˈma-lət \

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)

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The solo part kept Schick in constant motion, playing his mallet instruments brilliantly, while working his way across the stage from one instrument to the next. Christian Hertzog,, "Steven Schick amazes in Roberto Sierra's exuberant percussion concerto," 14 Jan. 2018 The jury also found an allegation of a personal use of a deadly weapon, in this case a mallet, to be true. Andy Nguyen,, "Gardena man gets 56 years to life in prison for the bludgeoning death of uncle-in-law," 27 June 2018 The mallet, like a blade, has a square club face, but is a larger club with sometimes-elaborate designs. Josh Peter, USA TODAY, "Putter designer: Despite Tiger Woods' success, change might be temporary," 29 June 2018 Use a meat mallet or the back of a spatula to gently smash the potatoes to 1/2-inch thickness. Jeanmarie Brownson, charlotteobserver, "Control the heat to grill the perfect steak," 26 June 2018 For almost 50 years, he’s been employing a tool set that includes shears, surgical scissors, pliers, a rubber mallet, an anvil and a butane torch. Michael Tortorello, New York Times, "A Lifelike Version of Nature, but Not to Scale," 8 May 2018 With a mallet or rolling pin, pound chicken thighs to ¼ inch thick. Kitty Greenwald, WSJ, "Chicken Schnitzel Sandwich With Comeback Sauce," 22 Mar. 2018 His new mallet putter is hot today, that's another birdie. Adam Woodard, USA TODAY, "Tiger Tracker: Follow Tiger Woods' Friday round at his tournament, the Quicken Loans National," 29 June 2018 With a new Taylormade mallet putter in hand, Tiger Woods shot an even-par 70 to open the Quicken Loans National on Thursday. Daniel Rapaport,, "Tracking Tiger Woods as He Plays Friday at the Quicken Loans National," 29 June 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of mallet

: a hammer with a large usually wooden head

sports : a club used for hitting the ball in croquet or polo


mal·​let | \ˈma-lət \

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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