[kar-uh m]

noun, verb (used without object)

Nearby words

  1. carrión's disease,
  2. carroll,
  3. carroll, charles,
  4. carroll, lewis,
  5. carrollton,
  6. carromata,
  7. carron oil,
  8. carronade,
  9. carrot,
  10. carrot and stick


or car·rom

[kar-uh m]


Billiards, Pool. a shot in which the cue ball hits two balls in succession.
any strike and rebound, as a ball striking a wall and glancing off.

verb (used without object)

to make a carom.
to strike and rebound.

Origin of carom

1770–80; by false analysis of carambole (taken as carom ball) < French < Spanish carambola, special use of fruit name; see carambola Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for carrom



billiards, US and Canadian
  1. a shot in which the cue ball is caused to contact one object ball after another
  2. the points scored by this
Also called (in Britain and certain other countries): cannon

Word Origin for carom

C18: from earlier carambole (taken as carom ball), from Spanish carambola

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Word Origin and History for carrom
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