boule

1
[ bool ]
/ bul /
|

noun

Also called birne. a cylindrical lump of material for synthetic gems, made by the Verneuil process.
a metal ball, usually made out of steel, used in pétanque.
Sometimes boules. pétanque.

Nearby words

  1. boulder,
  2. boulder canyon,
  3. boulder clay,
  4. boulder dam,
  5. bouldering,
  6. boules,
  7. bouleuterion,
  8. boulevard,
  9. boulevardier,
  10. bouleversement

Origin of boule

1
1915–20; < French: literally, a ball; see bowl2

boule

2
[ bool ]
/ bul /

noun (often initial capital letter) Furniture.

Also called boule·work [bool-wurk] /ˈbulˌwɜrk/.

Boule

[ boo-lee, boo-ley ]
/ ˈbu li, buˈleɪ /

noun

the legislative assembly of modern Greece.
(sometimes lowercase) a state legislative, advisory, or administrative council in ancient Greece.

Origin of Boule

1840–50; < Greek: a council, body of chosen ones

buhl

or boule, boulle

[ bool ]
/ bul /

noun (often initial capital letter)

elaborate inlaid work of woods, metals, tortoiseshell, ivory, etc.

Origin of buhl

1815–25; from Germanized form of French boulle or boule, named after A. C. Boulle or Boule (1642–1732), French cabinetmaker

Also called buhl·work [bool-wurk] /ˈbulˌwɜrk/, boulework, boullework.

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British Dictionary definitions for boules

boules

/ French (bul) /

pl n

(functioning as singular) a game, popular in France, in which metal bowls are thrown to land as near as possible to a target ball. It is played on rough surfaces

Word Origin for boules

plural of boule ball 1; see bowl ²

boule

1
/ (ˈbuːliː) /

noun

the parliament in modern Greece
the senate of an ancient Greek city-state

Word Origin for boule

C19: from Greek boulē senate

boule

2
/ (buːl) /

noun

a pear-shaped imitation ruby, sapphire, etc, made from synthetic corundum

Word Origin for boule

C19: from French: ball

boule

3
/ (buːl) /

noun

a round loaf of white bread

Word Origin for boule

C20: from French: a ball

buhl

/ (buːl) /

adjective, noun

the usual US spelling of boulle
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