- any of several games played with hard balls of ivory or of a similar material that are driven with a cue on a cloth-covered table enclosed by a raised rim of rubber, especially a game played with a cue ball and two object balls on a table without pockets.Compare pool2(def 8).
Origin of billiards
- of or used in billiards.
Origin of billiard
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Most exquisite of sonatas would not to them make up for a game of billiards!Weighed and Wanting
It cost her six francs, for he had lost at billiards, and the drinks they had played for were owing.The Fat and the Thin
They told me up at Delhi that you hadn't your equal at whist or billiards.Sir Brook Fossbrooke, Volume I.
Charles James Lever
I found there the burgomaster's son, who was just beginning a game of billiards.The Memoires of Casanova, Complete
Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
In proportion as he excels in billiards he will be lacking in business, and vice versa.Dollars and Sense
Col. Wm. C. Hunter
- any of various games in which long cues are used to drive balls now made of composition or plastic. It is played on a rectangular table covered with a smooth tight-fitting cloth and having raised cushioned edges
- a version of this, played on a rectangular table having six pockets let into the corners and the two longer sides. Points are scored by striking one of three balls with the cue to contact the other two or one of the twoCompare pool 2 (def. 5), snooker
Word Origin for billiards
- (modifier) of or relating to billiardsa billiard table; a billiard cue; a billiard ball
1590s, from French billiard, originally the word for the wooden cue stick, a diminutive from Old French bille "stick of wood," from Medieval Latin billia "tree, trunk," possibly from Gaulish (cf. Irish bile "tree trunk").
singular of billiards, used only in combinations.