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)

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Place a piece of plastic wrap over the meat; use a meat mallet to pound the tenderloin into a uniform ¾-inch thickness. Jeanmarie Brownson,, "Refresh your summer cooking with versatile mint for grilled meats, salads and tea," 5 July 2019 Things like flexible thumb picks, soft easy-to-grasp mallets, rubber traction mats under instruments that keep them from falling or flying. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Creating learning and growth with Guitars in the Classroom," 22 June 2019 The new album features more textures and flavors, including African, Middle Eastern and Indian influences, more keyboards and a wider array of instrument such as calabash, gourd banjo, four-mallet marimba, bowed vibraphone and more. Gary Graff, Billboard, "The Steel Wheels 'Keep On' Keeping On: Video Premiere," 11 June 2019 Woods, who has struggled mightily with his putting in his last couple events, has been using a new mallet-style Taylormade Ardmore 3 in practice rounds. Daniel Rapaport,, "Quicken Loans National Preview: History, Field, Odds, Predictions," 27 June 2018 The mallet is far less radical than the MacGregor Response that Long designed for Nicklaus, who with apprehension gave up his blade putter — the George Low Sportsman Wizard 600 model — for the Long’s mammoth creation. Josh Peter, USA TODAY, "Putter designer: Despite Tiger Woods' success, change might be temporary," 29 June 2018 Using meat mallet or bottom of heavy pan, coarsely crush peppercorns; transfer to small bowl. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Peppercorn Beef Tenderloin," 27 Nov. 2018 Polo is trickier: Suiting up to ride a horse while swinging an enormously heavy mallet is a bit more complicated, which is why lessons are offered at spots like Apes Hill Club, Lion Castle Polo Estate, or the Barbados Polo Club. Kaitlin Menza, Town & Country, "The Best Things to Do, Eat, and See in Barbados," 15 Nov. 2018 Woods' recent putting struggles, which began at the Wells Fargo Championship and have stubbornly persisted since, have prompted him to put his iconic Scotty Cameron on hiatus and give a Taylormade Ardmore 3 mallet a try. Daniel Rapaport,, "Tracking Tiger Woods as He Plays Thursday at the Quicken Loans National," 28 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 How to pronounce mallet (audio) \

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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