Definition of billiards noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈbɪliədz//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbɪljərdz//
[uncountable] Pool and snooker
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a game for two people played with cues (= long sticks) and three balls on a long table covered with green cloth. Players try to hit the balls against each other and into pockets at the edge of the table. a game of billiards compare pool, snooker See related entries: Pool and snooker Word Originlate 16th cent.: from French billard, denoting both the game and the cue, diminutive of bille ‘tree trunk’, from medieval Latin billa, billus ‘branch, trunk’, probably of Celtic origin.
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