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[puh-loh-tuh; Spanish pe-law-tah]
noun, plural pe·lo·tas [puh-loh-tuh z; Spanish pe-law-tahs] /pəˈloʊ təz; Spanish pɛˈlɔ tɑs/.
  1. a Basque and Spanish game from which jai alai was developed.
  2. the game of jai alai.
  3. the ball used in pelota and jai alai.
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Origin of pelota

1890–95; < Spanish: ball < Middle French pelote; see pellet
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Examples from the Web for pelota

Historical Examples of pelota

  • There is a capital golf-course, a great bull-ring, and a pelota court.

    Ranching, Sport and Travel

    Thomas Carson

  • The other feature is the court or fronton where is played the jeu de paume, or, to give it its Basque nomenclature, pelota.

  • Pelota is a mixture of old time shinny or hocky, la-crosse and foot-ball.

    Picturesque Pala

    George Wharton James

  • The villages are much devoted to Pelota; and few are too poor to possess some species of primitive court.

    Northern Spain

    Edgar T. A. Wigram

  • We, the undersigned, are the recognized champions of pelota Basque.

British Dictionary definitions for pelota


  1. any of various games played in Spain, Spanish America, SW France, etc, by two players who use a basket strapped to their wrists or a wooden racket to propel a ball against a specially marked wall
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Word Origin for pelota

C19: from Spanish: ball, from Old French pelote; see pellet
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