[puh-loh-tuh; Spanish pe-law-tah]
- 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
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Examples from the Web for pelota
There is a capital golf-course, a great bull-ring, and a pelota court.Ranching, Sport and Travel
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.
- 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
C19: from Spanish: ball, from Old French pelote; see pellet