pall-mall

noun
\ ˌpel-ˈmel How to pronounce pall-mall (audio) , 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

First Known Use of pall-mall

circa 1566, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for 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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The first known use of pall-mall was circa 1566

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“Pall-mall.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pall-mall. Accessed 30 Nov. 2020.

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