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[pel-mel, pal-mal, pawl-mawl]
  1. 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.
  2. a playing alley on which this game was played.
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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]
  1. a street in London, England, famed for its clubs.
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Historical Examples of pall-mall

  • Harold wavered an instant: Pall-Mall was still strong in him.

    The Golden Age

    Kenneth Grahame

  • Hence the Mall and Pall-Mall, where games like croquet were played.

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

    The book of the ladies

    Pierre de Bourdeille Brantme

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

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

British Dictionary definitions for pall-mall


noun obsolete
  1. a game in which a ball is driven by a mallet along an alley and through an iron ring
  2. the alley itself
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Word Origin for pall-mall

C17: from obsolete French, from Italian pallamaglio, from palla ball + maglio mallet

Pall Mall

  1. 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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