boule


boule

boule 1[bool] ExamplesWord Origin noun

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

Origin of boule 1 1915–20; French: literally, a ball; see bowl2 boule 2[bool] noun (often initial capital letter) Furniture.

  1. buhl.

Also called boule·work [bool-wurk] /ˈbulˌwɜrk/. Boule [boo-lee, boo-ley] noun

  1. the legislative assembly of modern Greece.
  2. (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] noun (often initial capital letter)

  1. 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 cabinetmakerAlso called buhl·work [bool-wurk] /ˈbulˌwɜrk/, boulework, boullework. Examples from the Web for boule Historical Examples of boule

  • In the election of the Boule, Plato again attempts to mix aristocracy and democracy.

    Laws

    Plato

  • But Boule de Suif fired up at this for she was a Bonapartist.

    The Works of Guy de Maupassant, Vol. 1 (of 8)

    Guy de Maupassant

  • Boule de Suif said nothing and rejoined the rest of the party.

    The Works of Guy de Maupassant, Vol. 1 (of 8)

    Guy de Maupassant

  • But Boule de Suif was indignant, for she was an ardent Bonapartist.

    Original Short Stories of Maupassant, Volume 1

    Guy de Maupassant

  • Boule de Suif did not answer, and joined the rest of the party.

    Original Short Stories of Maupassant, Volume 1

    Guy de Maupassant

  • British Dictionary definitions for boule boule 1 noun

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

    Word Origin for boule C19: from Greek boulē senate boule 2 noun

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

    Word Origin for boule C19: from French: ball boule 3 noun

    1. a round loaf of white bread

    Word Origin for boule C20: from French: a ball buhl adjective, noun

    1. the usual US spelling of boulle

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