[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. palissy, bernard,
  2. palk strait,
  3. palki,
  4. pall,
  5. pall mall,
  6. palla,
  7. palladian,
  8. palladian window,
  9. palladic,
  10. palladinize

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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for pall-mall


/ (ˈpælˈmæl) /

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 for pall-mall

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
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Word Origin and History for pall-mall


see mall.

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