from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A 17th-century game in which a boxwood ball was struck with a mallet to drive it through an iron ring suspended at the end of an alley.
- n. The alley in which this game was played.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A game formerly common in England, in which a wooden ball was driven with a mallet through an elevated hoop or ring of iron. The name was also given to the mallet used, to the place where the game was played, and to the street, in London, still called Pall Mall.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A game, formerly played, in which a ball of boxwood was struck with a mallet or club, the object being to drive it through a raised ring of iron at the end of an alley. The player who accomplished this with fewest strokes, or within a number agreed on, was the winner.
- n. The mallet used in this game.
- n. A place where the game was played.
- In pall-mall fashion; as in the game of pall-mall.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a 17th century game; a wooden ball was driven along an alley with a mallet
Obsolete French pallemaille, from Italian pallamaglio : palla, ball (of Germanic origin; see bhel-2 in Indo-European roots) + maglio, mallet (from Latin malleus; see melə- in Indo-European roots).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)