Definition of billiard in English:



  • 1[usually treated as singular] A game usually for two people, played on a billiard table, in which three balls are struck with cues into pockets around the edge of the table.

    ‘play billiards at home’
    ‘a billiard ball’
    ‘billiard room’
    • ‘It is not enough to reach the summit of pocket billiards excellence.’
    • ‘The sports complex will have facilities for indoor games including badminton, billiards, and table tennis.’
    • ‘It was a masculine room, with a billiards table in the center.’
    • ‘First it was indoor swimming pools, then came indoor tennis, of course the huge influx of indoor sports like snooker, billiards, table tennis became hot favourites.’
    • ‘The game of pocket billiards has a unique way of making us all equal.’
    • ‘But in professional carom, unlike in billiards, the cue ball has to hit three cushions during the shot.’
    • ‘I wrote the book about the inner game of pocket billiards because I have a lot of experience with the self-defeating elements that destroy an otherwise fine game.’
    • ‘The battalion chapel and a game room with billiards and ping-pong tables were also located in the DFAC building.’
    • ‘An appropriate metaphor might be a game of billiards or snooker, events in the three kingdoms so many balls bouncing off one another and occasionally falling into pockets.’
    • ‘Whoever designed the game cleverly ensured it was more economical on space in pubs and clubs than ordinary billiards and pool tables because players strike from one end of the table so there is no need to walk around the table at all.’
    • ‘Separate areas hold the pocket billiards and indoor shuffleboard tables.’
    • ‘If you are playing in tournaments, or heading for the play offs in your league, you will want to have a grasp of the four strokes of pocket billiards.’
    • ‘Quality of hit is vital to pocket billiards excellence.’
    • ‘Joseph Thompson memorial billiards - this memorial billiards tournament will commence very soon and will be played in the O'Brien hall, Borris-in-Ossory.’
    • ‘A game / billiards room on the first floor opens out onto a patio with a hot tub.’
    • ‘For two players like us, dinner on the docks was plenty incentive to strive for pocket billiards excellence.’
    • ‘To me, my growth in pocket billiards is the ‘word’.’
    • ‘You begin your pocket billiards journey with the end in mind.’
    • ‘But, it is his approach on the table - be it snooker or billiards - that makes him stand out.’
    • ‘Lovers of the game feel that billiards and snooker will die a slow death in India as long as the games remain unknown to the common man.’
    1. 1.1A game played on a billiard table with pockets, in which points are made by caroms, pocketing an object ball, or caroming the cue ball into a pocket.
      • ‘In America recently I saw a billiards table without pockets.’
  • 2A stroke in which the cue ball strikes two balls successively.



Late 16th century: from French billard, denoting both the game and the cue, diminutive of bille (see billet).