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Pall Mall

[pal mal, pel mel] /ˈpæl ˈmæl, ˈpɛl ˈmɛl/
a street in London, England, famed for its clubs.


[pel-mel, pal-mal, pawl-mawl] /ˈpɛlˈmɛl, ˈpælˈmæl, ˈpɔlˈmɔl/
a game, popular in the 17th century, in which a ball of boxwood was struck with a mallet in an attempt to drive it through a raised iron ring at the end of a playing alley.
a playing alley on which this game was played.
Origin of pall-mall
1560-70; < Middle French pallemaille < Italian pallamaglio, equivalent to palla ball (< Langobardic) + maglio mallet (< Latin malleus). See ball1, mall, mell2 Unabridged
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  • I have rescued them from the pages of the Pall Mall Magazine.

    Immortal Memories Clement Shorter
  • They sat in one of the two large boxes of the Pall Mall Theatre.

    Changing Winds St. John G. Ervine
  • They looked at me as though I had walked into their club in Pall Mall and had spoken to them without an introduction.

    Fighting in Flanders E. Alexander Powell
  • He is the proprietor of the temple of gaming iniquity, at No. 6, Pall Mall.

  • She had stopped the General just as he was on his own doorstep, setting his face cheerfully eastwards on his way to Pall Mall.

    Mary Gray Katharine Tynan
  • A creditor, whom he was anxious to avoid, met Sheridan coming out of Pall Mall.

    The Jest Book Mark Lemon
  • Mr. Astor stopped his artistic weekly, the Pall Mall Budget, suddenly.

  • They pleaded for the gossip of the clubs in Pall Mall and Piccadilly.

    Where the Strange Trails Go Down E. Alexander Powell
British Dictionary definitions for Pall Mall

Pall Mall

/ˈpæl ˈmæl/
a street in central London, noted for its many clubs


noun (obsolete)
a game in which a ball is driven by a mallet along an alley and through an iron ring
the alley itself
Word Origin
C17: from obsolete French, from Italian pallamaglio, from palla ball + maglio mallet
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Word Origin and History for Pall Mall


see mall.

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