Definition of boccia in English:



mass noun
  • 1A game similar to bocce, played by competitors who have a physical disability that requires the use of a wheelchair.

    ‘youngsters from special schools in the area will also take part in boccia’
    • ‘Joe Barton went away clutching two medals after winning the boccia and finishing second in the swimming.’
    • ‘"Another eye opener was the high skill level in the boccia, where the athletes combatted serious disability."’
    • ‘The balls used in boccia are mainly made of tough leather and filled with a grain-like substance.’
    • ‘The SAR contested the ladies' wheelchair fencing, judo and boccia events for the first time.’
    • ‘Dispaltro initially hesitated in transitioning from the physically demanding sport of wheelchair rugby to the more cerebral boccia.’
    • ‘The borough council will again be entering disabled youngsters to compete at Boccia, a game like Boules which is played at a Paralympic level.’
    • ‘Here those who take part have the opportunity to play basketball, soccer and boccia.’
    • ‘The game of boccia (say it 'botch-iah') is the first sport to be scheduled which is specifically for disabled athletes.’
    • ‘David's family were further bowled over to learn that the youngster - who is the youngest ever British champion in Boccia, a game similar to petanque and played by disabled people - would be getting a wheelchair which would accommodate his sporting needs.’
    • ‘Boccia is similar to bowls but is played sitting down.’
    • ‘Golds were won for boccia (a game similar to indoor bowling), plus men's 200m sprint, and wheelchair fencing events.’
    • ‘The two gold medals in boccia were much unexpected as this was their first appearance in the games.’
    • ‘Hong Kong sent a team of 26 athletes to Athens and competed in six sports - boccia, judo, shooting, table tennis, athletics and wheelchair fencing.’
    • ‘"We are hoping to encourage more local people to play Boccia on a regular basis."’
    • ‘This year's Cumbria Youth Games may be introducing boccia to a mass audience in South Lakeland for the first time.’
    • ‘Boccia is unique to the Paralympics.’
    • ‘Bagenalstown's Sydney Paralympic gold medal winner in boccia Gabriel Shelly will receive the Outstanding Achievement award at the Sports Stars function.’
    • ‘"I first heard of boccia when I left school," says Peter, "and I've been playing it for about seven years now."’
    1. 1.1
      as modifier ‘there are tennis courts, bowling alleys, boccia lanes, and a golf course’
      variant spelling of bocce
      • ‘A New England boccia tournament will be held Sunday, starting at 9:30 a.m. at the Newport Motor Inn.’
      • ‘Members of the local sports club presented Pope John Paul with a bronze and marble trophy of a hand throwing a boccia ball.’
      • ‘Boccia is one of the fastest growing sports in Newport County.’
      • ‘In addition, count in tennis, tobogganing, ice skating, horseback riding, boccia courts, bowling alleys, miniature golf courses, horse-drawn sleds, one-man sledding, and 30 official miles of glorious wooded hiking trails.’


Italian, literally ‘ball’.