One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A metal ball used in the French game of boules, a form of bowls played on rough ground.‘in the central square a game of boules was in progress’
- ‘But when the package was blown up in a controlled explosion it was found to be a harmless package of French-style bowling balls, or boules.’
- ‘it is an offshoot of boules, but with different rules, and using a partially sloped pitch.’
- ‘Much laughter and a game of boule on the lawn after the bbq made the evening complete.’
- ‘Like its close relation, bowls, the idea is for three-member teams to deliver boules, steel spheres about three inches in diameter, as close to the target ball as possible.’
- ‘The sport, also known as boules, is a fast-growing pastime as Quebecers increasingly become intent on the art of tossing a ball near a wood peg.’
- ‘Among its winding streets and alleys, you will find parks where men with luxuriant moustaches and flat caps still play that rather silent, cerebral game of boule.’
- ‘In the same week, six members travelled to Hartley Country Club to play petanque or boules.’
- ‘He has not heard of another pub offering the same recreation, although some offer French boules in the beer garden.’
- ‘My own choice would include a game of boules, their magnificent double hammock and their linen lavender eye pillow to soothe away tension while lying in said hammock.’
- ‘The charity Scope is piloting a game for people with cerebral palsy called bocce, which is similar to the French game of boules.’
- ‘We played a boardgame and had a few games of boule before heading back into town.’
- ‘The genteel sports of croquet, boules, billiards and tennis are also available.’
- ‘Mr Double suggested transforming it into a volleyball court and creating an area for French boules nearby.’
- ‘The plan was simple - find a bunch of old French fellas playing boules, interrupt with garbled explanation and launch one of their boule from my shoulder before they know what's hit them.’
- ‘For the French, the sport borders on a national obsession, but enthusiasts in Stockport are hoping the sound of metal boules on gravel will become a traditional feature of the English summer.’
- ‘The basic rules of the game involve trying to toss your silver boules to land as close as possible to the smaller ‘jack’.’
- ‘The golf course has been done up to resume its rivalry of Gleneagles and Turnberry; and, for the dabbler, there's a nine-hole putting green on the lawn, next to the croquet and boules.’
- ‘Petanque, also known as French boule, is a variation of bowls.’
- ‘For sport in the garden, there is traditional boules and croquet, another game we borrowed from France.’
- ‘Or you could enjoy a free outdoor pool, with its integral paddling section for kids, hard surface tennis courts and table tennis facilities, and an arena for playing the traditional French game of boules.’
1920s (originally denoting a form of roulette): French, literally ‘bowl’.
A legislative body of ancient or modern Greece.
- ‘The boule decrees that the demos shall appoint a select committee.’
- ‘The membership of the boule (council chamber) was then made up of 50 members of each tribe, elected by lot for a year, and each month the complement of one of the tribes - 50 people - would act as a sort of upper house.’
From Greek boulē ‘senate’.
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