noun (used with a singular verb)
- billiard ball,
- billiard parlor,
- billiard room,
- billiard table,
- billing cycle,
- billing machine,
Origin of billiards
Origin of billiard
Examples from the Web for billiards
He hung around artists, organized exhibitions, and bought and ran a billiards hall and bar.
No, it was Professor Plum with the lead pipe in the billiards room.
The captains lounging about with their hands in their pockets, and passengers idling at billiards.Italy; with sketches of Spain and Portugal|William Beckford
The Russian game of billiards is played with five balls, and the science consists in pocketing the balls.Overland through Asia; Pictures of Siberian, Chinese, and Tartar Life|Thomas Wallace Knox
Most exquisite of sonatas would not to them make up for a game of billiards!Weighed and Wanting|George MacDonald
The game of billiards proceeded, and Henry caught his uncle in the eighties and ran out with an unfinished fifteen.The Grey Room|Eden Phillpotts
Foul strokes are reckoned as in billiards, except as regards balls touching each other.
noun (functioning as singular)
Word Origin for billiards
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.