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 This lawn game hails from England and has simple rules: hit your ball with a mallet and get the ball to go through the wire rings. Laura Wheatman Hill,, "Best lawn games for adults," 3 Apr. 2021 Place a piece of plastic wrap over the meat and use a meat mallet to pound the tenderloin into a uniform 1/2-inch thickness. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "A perfectly easy pork meal for Easter," 2 Apr. 2021 Both are played by running a mallet along the inside in continuous motion — an action that requires full engagement of the performer’s arm and torso and produces tinkling rushes of sound. New York Times, "To Express the Sound of a Country’s Soul, He Invented New Instruments," 19 Feb. 2021 Place the cinnamon stick in a small zip-top plastic bag, seal it, and bang it a couple of times with a rolling pin, skillet, or mallet (anything firm and heavy) to break it into small pieces. Beth Segal, cleveland, "‘In Bibi’s Kitchen’: The recipes and stories of grandmothers from the eight African countries that touch the Indian Ocean," 20 Jan. 2021 Keep any leftover paint for future touch ups by wiping the lip of the can clean, then tapping the lid snugly in place with a rubber mallet. Arricca Elin Sansone, Country Living, "Can You Paint Over Wallpaper? We've Got Tips from an Expert," 14 Dec. 2020 He was often brought in by orchestras to handle particularly difficult mallet passages. Corey Kilgannon, New York Times, "Ian Finkel, ‘World’s Greatest Xylophonist,’ Dies at 72," 25 Nov. 2020 Pare by hand to smooth the walls of the mortise and use a mallet to chisel the ends of the mortise square [8]. Neal Barrett, Popular Mechanics, "Make a Kitchen Table That Will Last Generations," 14 Nov. 2020 In a bank in Kelbajar on Friday, an employee was breaking down the interior walls with a large mallet, while workers carried everything that moved — windows, desks, doors — into a truck. New York Times, "After War Between Armenia and Azerbaijan, Peace Sees Winners and Losers Swap Places," 15 Nov. 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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10 Apr 2021

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“Mallet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 2021.

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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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