Try Our Apps


90s Slang You Should Know


[pel-mel, pal-mal, pawl-mawl] /ˈpɛlˈmɛl, ˈpælˈmæl, ˈpɔlˈmɔl/
a game, popular in the 17th century, in which a ball of boxwood was struck with a mallet in an attempt to drive it through a raised iron ring at the end of a playing alley.
a playing alley on which this game was played.
Origin of pall-mall
1560-70; < Middle French pallemaille < Italian pallamaglio, equivalent to palla ball (< Langobardic) + maglio mallet (< Latin malleus). See ball1, mall, mell2

Pall Mall

[pal mal, pel mel] /ˈpæl ˈmæl, ˈpɛl ˈmɛl/
a street in London, England, famed for its clubs. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for pall-mall
Historical Examples
  • As the game of pall-mall went out of fashion the Mall became a promenade, and was the resort of the Court.

    Westminster Sir Walter Besant
  • Cambuca, kam-bū′ka, n. a pastoral staff: a curved stick used in the game of pall-mall.

  • Why do not some of these choice spirits quit the salons of pall-mall, and take to the road?

    Rookwood William Harrison Ainsworth
  • Here he also played at pall-mall, for so is that game called by garrulous old Pepys.

  • If he played at pall-mall she watched him play, and played herself.

    The book of the ladies Pierre de Bourdeille Brantme
  • Give us your fist, old boy: and won't we send the 'pall-mall Gazette' up to ten thousand a week, that's all!

    A History of Pendennis, Volume 1 William Makepeace Thackeray
  • Harold wavered an instant: pall-mall was still strong in him.

    The Golden Age Kenneth Grahame
  • Immediately on my arrival in London, I flew to the dear friend of my heart; she was still at her house, in pall-mall.

  • She was fabled to have carried pistols at her saddle-bow in war, and she excelled in matches of archery and pall-mall.

  • I dined at my club in pall-mall aforesaid, a few days afterwards, for exactly twelve times the money, and not half as well.

    The Uncommercial Traveller Charles Dickens
British Dictionary definitions for pall-mall


noun (obsolete)
a game in which a ball is driven by a mallet along an alley and through an iron ring
the alley itself
Word Origin
C17: from obsolete French, from Italian pallamaglio, from palla ball + maglio mallet

Pall Mall

/ˈpæl ˈmæl/
a street in central London, noted for its many clubs
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for pall-mall

see mall.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for pall-mall

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for pall

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for pall-mall