noun (used with a singular verb)
Origin of billiards
Origin of billiard
Examples from the Web for billiards
Contemporary Examples of billiards
Historical Examples of billiards
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
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.