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


Italian, literally ‘ball’.