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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Kansas State’s mallet The Wildcats added more than just a new head coach this season. Ross Dellenger,, "The Rundown: Week 1's Standouts, Defining Moments and Our New Top 10," 1 Sep. 2019 Viola and violins were turned around in the players’ laps to allow Superball mallets to rumble up or down the backs of the instruments. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: At Fresh Sound concert, Flux Quartet challenges listeners with daring works," 7 Aug. 2019 During questioning by police, Lachazo admitted to knocking the woman unconscious by hitting her on the left side of her head with the mallet, a report said. Lisa J. Huriash,, "A deadly delivery: 75-year-old woman bashed with mallet and set on fire," 21 Aug. 2019 For one thing, Mr. Flores, who is 30, holds the mallet by its edge, not by the knob, the way most people do, which is the mark of a novice. Allie Conti, New York Times, "The Lonely Pursuit of Air Hockey Greatness," 19 July 2019 Place each steak between two pieces of waxed paper and using a wooden mallet or rolling pin, pound the steaks to a thickness of about ½ inch. Michalene Busico, Dallas News, "'Mercados' cookbook explores the wonders of Mexico's markets and brings home the recipes," 31 July 2019 Place a piece of plastic wrap over the meat; use a meat mallet to pound the tenderloin into a uniform 3/4-inch thickness. Jeanmarie Brownson, Twin Cities, "Refresh your summer cooking with versatile mint for grilled meats, salads and tea," 18 July 2019 Naturally, adorable photos—of Meghan holding her son, of Louis stealing his mom's sunglasses, and George and Charlotte playing with polo mallets—ensued. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Kate Middleton Steps Out in a Lovely Blue Dress With Prince William at Wimbledon," 14 July 2019 In one of the oldest souks stands Bakdash, a shop more than a century old, where booza (Arabic for ice cream) is beaten in buckets with giant wooden mallets, up and down in an inexorable throb. Ligaya Mishan, New York Times, "Celebrating America, Scoop by Frosty Scoop," 2 July 2019

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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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