mal·​let ˈma-lət How to pronounce mallet (audio)
: a hammer with a typically barrel-shaped head: such as
: a tool with a large head for driving another tool or for striking a surface without marring it
: a long-handled wooden implement used for striking a ball (as in polo or croquet)
: 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 The butcher block is made from solid wood that is built to last and to withstand impact from knives and meat mallets. Michelle Love, Better Homes & Gardens, 8 May 2024 Using a meat mallet or rolling pin, pound the chicken until each piece is about the same thickness as the others, between ½ inch and ¾ inch. Lidey Heuck, San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for mallet 

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Word History


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

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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Cite this Entry

“Mallet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


mal·​let ˈmal-ət How to pronounce mallet (audio)
: a hammer usually with a barrel-shaped head: as
: one with a large head used for driving a tool (as a chisel) or for striking a surface without damaging it
: a club for striking a ball (as in croquet or polo)
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