Definition of jai alai in English:

jai alai

noun

  • [mass noun] A game like pelota played with large curved wicker baskets.

    [as modifier] ‘jai alai players’
    • ‘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.’

Origin

Spanish, from Basque jai festival + alai merry.

Pronunciation:

jai alai

/ˌhʌɪ əˈlʌɪ/