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)

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web According to his arrest report, Lachazo admitted knocking Udell unconscious with the mallet and pouring an accelerant on her to set her on fire. Rafael Olmeda, Sun Sentinel, 20 Jan. 2023 Two weeks after his less-than-persuasive lobbying aimed at the playoff selection committee came up short, Saban put down the mallet and picked up a scalpel on the debate topic of our time. al, 18 Dec. 2022 The Tapping of Zie Kegs opening ceremony on Sept. 22 will start the fest with a bang — local leaders will tap the first kegs of Spaten Halle by hammering a bronze spout into them with a wooden mallet. Dallas News, 20 Sep. 2022 Logan Smith, 18, of Cocoa, near Orlando, had a rubber mallet, a can of Axe body spray, a belt from a robe and a sheet laid out in the driveway of his residence to assist in his plot. Louis Casiano, Fox News, 24 Dec. 2022 Carefully paring parts and driving with a mallet in a chopping action are both in their wheelhouse. Alex Rennie, Popular Mechanics, 2 Dec. 2022 Use a flat meat pounder—not a meat tenderizing mallet, which has spikes—to pound out the breast to an even thickness. Cathy Whims, WSJ, 3 Nov. 2022 Use a mallet or heavy pan to pound out the halves to an even ¼-inch thickness. Kitty Greenwald, WSJ, 27 Dec. 2022 Use a meat mallet or other heavy kitchen tool to break open the salt crust and discard the crust. Morgan Hines, USA TODAY, 16 Dec. 2022 See More

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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

Dictionary Entries Near mallet

Cite this Entry

“Mallet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Feb. 2023.

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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