[pey-tahngk; French pe-tahnk]

Origin of pétanque

1950–55; < French < Provençal foot (< Latin ped-, stem of pēs) + tanco post, stake (derivative of tancar to close, bar < Vulgar Latin *stanticāre; see stanch1); so called because the feet are to be planted firmly on the ground, as if staked, when the ball is released
Also called boule.
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British Dictionary definitions for petanque


  1. another name, esp in the South of France, for boules

Word Origin for pétanque

from Provençal pèd tanco foot fixed (to the ground)
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