Definition of jai alai in English:

jai alai

Line breaks: jai alai
Pronunciation: /ˌhʌɪ əˈlʌɪ


[mass noun]
  • A game like pelota played with large curved wicker baskets: [as modifier]: jai alai players
    More 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'.

More definitions of jai alai

Definition of jai alai in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day kerf
Pronunciation: kəːf
a slit made by cutting with a saw