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 Raica, the new bishop of Birmingham, knocked on the cathedral door with a wooden mallet to request entry. al, "New Catholic bishop takes office," 23 June 2020 Next, give the thighs a good pounding with a meat mallet. Alex Robinson, Outdoor Life, "How to Butcher and Cook Wild Turkey Thighs and Drumsticks," 6 May 2020 Using the flat side of a meat mallet, a rolling pin, or the bottom of a small heavy pot, pound steak in a sliding motion, from center outward. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Beef and Asparagus Negimaki," 10 Apr. 2020 Suggested for children ages six and up, the mallets are just under 25-inches tall and ideally sized for little hands. Eden Lichterman, Better Homes & Gardens, "The Best Family-Friendly Summer Lawn Games to Play This Season," 15 May 2020 Around for more than 150 years, this classic game has players striking wooden balls with mallets in an attempt to be the first to maneuver your ball through all the rings. Mike Rose, cleveland, "Outdoor games and activities to keep you entertained during the pandemic and beyond," 3 May 2020 Sporting hard hats, safety goggles, and mallets, Jasmine and Brett smashed into a pink and blue dollhouse to reveal a wave of hot pink smoke. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, "Jasmine Roth's New HGTV Digital Series Is All About Her Pregnancy Journey," 8 Apr. 2020 Make your own colorful print by placing fresh flowers on a piece of heavy watercolor paper and using a hammer or mallet to transfer the pigment of the petals to the paper. Emily Vanschmus, Better Homes & Gardens, "24 At-Home Activities That Will Bring You Joy This Spring," 9 Apr. 2020 The sounds of the wooden mallet and bells are flat, compressed through my laptop speakers. Sylvia Poggioli, The New York Review of Books, "Pandemic Journal, March 23–29," 29 Mar. 2020

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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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2 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Mallet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jul. 2020.

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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


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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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