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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Jai alai.
  • n. The ball used in jai alai.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. any of a variety of Spanish sports played against a wall

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A Basque, Spanish, and Spanish-American game played in a court, in which a ball is struck with a wickerwork racket.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A Spanish game played in a court with a ball and a curved device attached to the player's arm by which the ball can be hurled with great force and accuracy.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a Basque or Spanish game played in a court with a ball and a wickerwork racket


Spanish, from Old French pelote, pellet; see pellet.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


  • I have used the Spanish word "pelota," but it merely means "ball," just as the Russian word "soviet" means nothing in the world but

    Here, There and Everywhere

  • Baseball, known among Cubans as "pelota," the Spanish word for ball, is a source of national pride in Cuba and the country's successes on the field have been used as a promotional tool for its one-party socialist system. Breaking News

  • It's an occasion as uniquely Ashleyian as pelota is Basque.

    The Brimming Cup

  • Argentina also won a medal on Day 12 of the Pan Americans Games, claiming the first gold in Basque pelota when Facundo Andreasen and Sergio Villegas won the men's rubber paleta event.

  • Argentina claimed the first gold in Basque pelota when Facundo Andreasen and Sergio Villegas won the men's rubber paleta event.

    NYT > Home Page

  • The rural sports are in decline as younger Basques show greater interest in football or the Basque game pelota, which is similar to squash.

    The Earth Times Online Newspaper

  • Elenamary said ... yeah, i hang out with a lot of pro latino baseball players (mostly from the dominican republic) and they always say things like "me voy para el play" (I am going to the stadium) or "mi amigo el catcher" what is funny though is that dominicans refer to baseball as just "pelota"

    La Profesora Abstraida

  • In France, a variation of the game is called jeu de Paume ; the Spanish play pelota ; in Italy it's known as pallapugno , while the Dutch play kaatsen and the Belgians call it llargues .

    Fives Reasons for Olympic Gold

  • My own children would play for hours on its vast fronton (court), theoretically for pelota but more often for impromptu football, or rollerskating, or teenage flirting or, at night, dances and fireworks or Basque games (shows of strength).

    Classic France: the insiders' guide

  • I didn't know about "Peile" either, but I do know that the Spanish for soccer ball is "pelota" and that some linguists of posited a hypothetical common ancestor for the Italic and Celic languages subsequent to their splitting off from the hypothetical proto-Indo-European, so who knows?

    Sports announcers beyond borders, or, a new nickname for the U.S. soccer team


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