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jai alai

[hahy lahy, hahy uh-lahy, hahy uh-lahy]
noun
  1. 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.
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Origin of jai alai

1905–10; < Spanish < Basque, equivalent to jai game + alai merry
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British Dictionary definitions for jai alai

jai alai

noun
  1. a version of pelota played by two or four players
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Word Origin for jai alai

via Spanish from Basque, from jai game, festival + alai merry
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Word Origin and History for jai alai

n.

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

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