pall-mall

noun \ ˌpel-ˈmel , ˌpal-ˈmal , US often ˌpȯl-ˈmȯl \

Definition of pall-mall

: a 17th century game in which each player attempts to drive a wooden ball with a mallet down an alley and through a raised ring in as few strokes as possible; also : the alley in which it is played

Origin and Etymology of pall-mall

Middle French pallemaille, from Italian pallamaglio, from palla ball (of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German balla ball) + maglio mallet, from Latin malleus — more at ball, maul


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