[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/.

a Basque and Spanish game from which jai alai was developed.
the game of jai alai.
the ball used in pelota and jai alai.

Origin of pelota

1890–95; < Spanish: ball < Middle French pelote; see pellet Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for pelota



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

Word Origin for pelota

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