Definition of pall-mall in English:

pall-mall

noun

mass nounhistorical
  • A 16th- and 17th-century game in which a boxwood ball was driven through an iron ring suspended at the end of a long alley. The street Pall Mall in London was on the site of a pall-mall alley.

    • ‘Every pall - mall game proved different, since players first arranged the wickets in whatever order seemed most fun or challenging.’
    • ‘Pall mall was popular in Italy, France and Scotland, and spread to England in the 17th century.’

Origin

From obsolete French pallemaille, from Italian pallamaglio, from palla ‘ball’ + maglio ‘mallet’.

Pronunciation

pall-mall

/palˈmal/