jai alai
noun Etymology: Spanish, from Basque, from jai festival + alai merry Date: 1903 a court game somewhat like handball played usually by two or four players with a ball and a long curved wicker basket strapped to the wrist

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  • Jai alai — (IPAEng|ˈhaɪəlaɪ in English and IPA2|jaɪɑlaɪ or IPA2|xaɪɑlaɪ in Basque). The term is used to denote a fronton (or open walled arena) used to play a variety of Basque Pelota called Cesta Punta , and, more broadly, to the game itself.The Basque… …   Wikipedia

  • Jai Alai — (baskisch: fröhliches Fest; [xaɪ ɑlaɪ] auf baskisch) oder Cesta Punta (spanisch für Spitzkorb) ist eine Variante des baskischen Pelotaspiels. Baskische Auswanderer brachten ihren Nationalsport Pelota mit in die USA, wo das Spiel stellenweise… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • jai alai — 1902, Amer.Eng., originally in a Cuban context, from Basque, from jai celebration + alai merry …   Etymology dictionary

  • jai alai — [hī′lī΄, hī′ə lī΄] n. [Sp < Basque jai, celebration + alai, merry] a game like handball, popular in Latin America: it is played with a curved basket (cesta) fastened to the arm, for catching the ball and hurling it against the wall …   English World dictionary

  • jai alai — ● jai alai nom masculin (mots basques signifiant fête joyeuse) Variété très spectaculaire de pelote basque …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • jai-alai — (vasc.) m. Juego de *pelota. Es una palabra conocida porque se aplica a veces como nombre propio a los frontones públicos …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • Jai-alai — Del vasco Fiesta Alegre es el nombre comercial que se le dio a los frontones de pelota vasca especialmente concebidos para el espectáculo, por lo que tienen una longitud de 60 metros, y son cubiertos y con gradas. La especialidad que más se… …   Wikipedia Español

  • jai alai — /huy luy , huy euh luy , huy euh luy / a game resembling handball, played on a three walled court between two, four, or six players who are equipped with a long, curved wicker basket, or cesta, strapped to the wrist for catching and throwing a… …   Universalium

  • jai alai — {{#}}{{LM J22818}}{{〓}} {{[}}jai alai{{]}} {{■}}(eusk.){{□}} {{《}}▍ s.m.{{》}} Juego de pelota vasca. {{★}}{{\}}ORTOGRAFÍA:{{/}} Debe escribirse con cursiva u otra diferenciación gráfica. {{★}}{{\}}USO:{{/}} Su uso es innecesario y puede… …   Diccionario de uso del español actual con sinónimos y antónimos

  • jai alai — jai a•lai [[t]ˈhaɪ ˌlaɪ, ˈhaɪ əˌlaɪ, ˌhaɪ əˈlaɪ[/t]] n. spo a game resembling handball, played on a three walled court by two, four, or six players who use a long, curved wicker basket (cesta) strapped to the wrist to catch and throw a small,… …   From formal English to slang

  • jai alai — jai a|lai [ haı ,laı, haı ə,laı ] noun uncount a fast game, originally from the Basque region of Spain, in which players catch and throw a hard ball with long curved baskets fastened to their wrists …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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