[ bri-kohl, brik-uh l ]
/ brɪˈkoʊl, ˈbrɪk əl /


Billiards. a shot in which the cue ball strikes a cushion after touching the object ball and before hitting the carom ball.
an indirect action or unexpected stroke.

Nearby words

  1. bricktop,
  2. brickwork,
  3. bricky,
  4. brickyard,
  5. bricolage,
  6. brics,
  7. bridal,
  8. bridal wreath,
  9. bridally,
  10. bridalveil

Origin of bricole

1515–25; earlier, rebound off a court wall (in tennis), catapult < Middle French < Italian briccola, probably, with suffix substitution, < Langobardic *brihhil- that which breaks; compare Middle High German brechel-, derivative of brechen to break Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for bricole


/ (brɪˈkəʊl, ˈbrɪkəl) /


billiards a shot in which the cue ball touches a cushion after striking the object ball and before touching another ball
(in ancient and medieval times) a military catapult for throwing stones, etc
(esp formerly) a harness worn by soldiers for dragging guns or carrying stretchers
an indirect or unexpected action

Word Origin for bricole

C16: from Old French: catapult, from Medieval Latin bricola, of uncertain origin

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