Origin of boule1
1915–20; < French: literally, a ball; see bowl2
Also called boule·work [bool-wurk] /ˈbulˌwɜrk/.
- the legislative assembly of modern Greece.
- (sometimes lowercase) a state legislative, advisory, or administrative council in ancient Greece.
Origin of Boule
1840–50; < Greek: a council, body of chosen ones
or boule, boulle
- elaborate inlaid work of woods, metals, tortoiseshell, ivory, etc.
Origin of buhl
1815–25; from Germanized form of French boulle or boule, named after A. C. Boulle or Boule (1642–1732), French cabinetmaker
Also called buhl·work [bool-wurk] /ˈbulˌwɜrk/, boulework, boullework.
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Examples from the Web for boule
In the election of the Boule, Plato again attempts to mix aristocracy and democracy.Laws
But Boule de Suif fired up at this for she was a Bonapartist.
Boule de Suif said nothing and rejoined the rest of the party.
But Boule de Suif was indignant, for she was an ardent Bonapartist.
Boule de Suif did not answer, and joined the rest of the party.
- the parliament in modern Greece
- the senate of an ancient Greek city-state
C19: from Greek boulē senate
- a pear-shaped imitation ruby, sapphire, etc, made from synthetic corundum
C19: from French: ball
- a round loaf of white bread
C20: from French: a ball
- the usual US spelling of boulle
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