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 boules
As is well known, the rough material is formed in boules or pear-shaped drops under an inverted blowpipe.
- (functioning as singular) a game, popular in France, in which metal bowls are thrown to land as near as possible to a target ball. It is played on rough surfaces
plural of boule ball 1; see bowl ²
- 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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