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jai alai

[hahy lahy, hahy uh-lahy, hahy uh-lahy] /ˈhaɪ ˌlaɪ, ˈhaɪ əˌlaɪ, ˌhaɪ əˈlaɪ/
a game resembling handball, played on a three-walled court between two, four, or six players who are equipped with a long, curved wicker basket, or cesta, strapped to the wrist for catching and throwing a small, hard ball against the front wall.
Compare cancha, fronton.
Origin of jai alai
1905-10; < Spanish < Basque, equivalent to jai game + alai merry Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Little boys are most interested in games with balls, like jai alai or football.

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jai alai

/ˈhaɪ ˈlaɪ; ˈhaɪ əˌlaɪ; ˌhaɪ əˈlaɪ/
a version of pelota played by two or four players
Word Origin
via Spanish from Basque, from jai game, festival + alai merry
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Word Origin and History for jai alai

1902, American English, originally in a Cuban context, from Basque, from jai "celebration" + alai "merry."

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