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billiard

[bil-yerd]
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adjective
  1. of or used in billiards.
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noun
  1. carom(def 1).
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Origin of billiard

1630–40; < French billard cue, equivalent to bille stick (see billet2) + -ard -ard
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Examples from the Web for billiard

Historical Examples

  • 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.

    L'Assommoir

    Emile Zola

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

    L'Assommoir

    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

billiard

noun
  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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