Definition of mallet in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈmalət/


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1A hammer with a large, usually wooden head, used especially for hitting a chisel.
Example sentences
  • Start your screw hole with an awl by tapping gently with a hammer or a soft-face mallet.
  • Carpenters had mallets, hammers, drills, chisels, scrapers, planes, and copper saws at their disposal.
  • The axe can then be hammered in further with a wooden mallet.
1.1A long-handled wooden stick with a head like a hammer, used for hitting a croquet or polo ball.
Example sentences
  • For the piece titled Passageways, Toivanen set a croquet ball and mallet against the gallery wall, ready for play.
  • He does like a polo mallet, he hits it and it goes flying over the table, and I'm saying, ‘Good shot.’
  • I date men who knock me off my bike in bike polo by throwing a mallet at my spokes and watching me fall just like the boys.
1.2 Music A wooden or plastic stick with a rounded head, used to play certain percussion instruments such as xylophone and marimba.
Example sentences
  • A wide variety of drumsticks, including hard sticks, soft mallets, and brushes, is used.
  • Yamaha's high quality keyboard mallets offer a range of features for students and professionals.
  • The current line of mallets is wound using either wool-based and nylon based yarns or two types of wool yarn.


Late Middle English: from Old French maillet, from mail 'hammer', from Latin malleus.

Words that rhyme with mallet

palette, pallet, valet

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Syllabification: mal·let

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