Definition of jai alai in English:

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jai alai

Pronunciation: /ˈhī (ə)ˌlī/


A game like pelota played with large, curved wicker baskets.
Example sentences
  • Whether you're playing baseball, cricket, football, golf, jai alai, soccer, tennis, or water polo, a ball gets thrown, smacked, or kicked and then briefly becomes airborne before returning to Earth.
  • The Object of Jai Alai is to hurl a pelota (ball) against the front wall of the court with so much speed and spin that the opposition cannot catch or return it on the fly or the first bounce.
  • Jai alai is an incredibly fast ball game, usually played by teams, and usually the subject of intense spectator interest and gambling.


Spanish, from Basque jai 'festival' + alai 'merry'.

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Syllabification: jai a·lai

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