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’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Much laughter and a game of boule on the lawn after the bbq made the evening complete.’
- ‘The charity Scope is piloting a game for people with cerebral palsy called bocce, which is similar to the French game of boules.’
- ‘He has not heard of another pub offering the same recreation, although some offer French boules in the beer garden.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘The genteel sports of croquet, boules, billiards and tennis are also available.’
- ‘In the same week, six members travelled to Hartley Country Club to play petanque or boules.’
- ‘For sport in the garden, there is traditional boules and croquet, another game we borrowed from France.’
- ‘The basic rules of the game involve trying to toss your silver boules to land as close as possible to the smaller ‘jack’.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Mr Double suggested transforming it into a volleyball court and creating an area for French boules nearby.’
- ‘it is an offshoot of boules, but with different rules, and using a partially sloped pitch.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Petanque, also known as French boule, is a variation of bowls.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘We played a boardgame and had a few games of boule before heading back into town.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
1920s (originally denoting a form of roulette): French, literally ‘bowl’.
A legislative body of ancient or modern Greece.
- ‘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.’
- ‘The boule decrees that the demos shall appoint a select committee.’
From Greek boulē ‘senate’.
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