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 The first season had Quinn swearing up a storm and smashing sexists’ kneecaps with her mighty mallet. Star Tribune, "'Star Trek' animation brings new adventures: 10 best things to watch, read or listen to this week," 6 Aug. 2020 It’s kind of like Jonah Ryan, if Jonah Ryan got hit in the head repeatedly with a mallet. Washington Post, "Many thought Trump’s Axios interview felt like ‘Veep.’ The showrunner says, ‘We’re being outdone regularly.’," 4 Aug. 2020 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

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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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19 Aug 2020

Cite this Entry

“Mallet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Sep. 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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