from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A Middle English form of palm.
  • n. A French game, the same as palm-play.


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  • There is an excellent article on the history of jeu de paume, which is still played in classical form in France, here.

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  • See Philippe Bordes, Le Serment du jeu de paume de Jacques-Louis David Paris: Éditions de la Réunion de la musées nationaux, 1983.


  • See in general Alphonse Aulard, “Le Serment du jeu de paume,” in his Études et leçons sur la Révolution française, vol.


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  • It is an indoor game, played with wooden racquets and it is called “real tennis” in the U.K. and Australia, “court tennis” in the States, and “jeu de paume” in France.

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  • After playing several rounds of jeu de paume, he asked for a drink of water.

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  • I must find the link for that jeu de paume article.

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  • I was referring to the jeu de paume courts that nobles installed at their chateaux, but I suppose you could argue you're an attorney, right?

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  • If you had said the sport in C was played by ladies, I would have said jeu de paume/tennis, not wrestling.

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  • Bowling and tennis or its ancestor, jeu de paume were popular, but I remember Henry VIII was very proud of physical strength - and Francois I beat the crap out of him at wrestling at the Camp de Drap d'Or.

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