Origin of billiard

1630–40; < French billard cue, equivalent to bille stick (see billet2) + -ard -ard Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for billiard

Historical Examples of billiard

  • Ever seen Cinquevalli balancing a billiard ball on top of another one?

    The Foolish Lovers

    St. John G. Ervine

  • So much liquor had been spilled on the billiard table that the balls stuck to it.


    Emile Zola

  • They had another round and then went to a small bar that had a billiard table.


    Emile Zola

  • Eldredge's store was closed, but the billiard room was radiant and noisy.

    The Rise of Roscoe Paine

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • Don't you worry no more about Web Saunders and that billiard saloon.

    Cap'n Eri

    Joseph Crosby Lincoln

British Dictionary definitions for billiard


  1. (modifier) of or relating to billiardsa billiard table; a billiard cue; a billiard ball
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Word Origin and History for billiard

singular of billiards, used only in combinations.

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