Definitions

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  • n. Plural form of boule.
  • n. bowls; games played with metal balls.

Etymologies

From French boules (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Is it perhaps taken at the site of a church, where hats are not allowed or maybe the ledge beside a shady park while a game of boules is being played?

    enflure - French Word-A-Day

  • Most of us, of course, ignorant of such subtleties, know it as plain French boules, a game played in the shade of plane trees on the scuffed gravel of countless squares across France by elderly men in flat caps and string vests, Gitanes clamped to their lower lips and shots of pastis never far from hand.

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  • Pétanque (aka boules) is a game where you toss steel balls (boules) across a playing field, or terrain, toward a smaller ball, called a cochonnet (pig) or “jack,” the object of it being to see who can get closest.

    Words in a French Life

  • There was the most exquisite white bread, made into little round loaves called boules (whence the bakers took their French name of boulangers), of which the crust was so inviting, that, even with water alone, it would have been a delicacy.

    Quentin Durward

  • The marquee event for the sport, commonly known as boules, began on Thursday.

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  • This contrasting effect of colors reaches its height in a 1972 series called "boules," where Mir painted oval balls of green, yellow and orange against a black background.

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  • ~~~~~~~~~~French Vocabulary~~~~~~~~~~ j'ai un scoop pour toi = I have a scoop for you; étrange = strange; la lèvre (f) = lip; la pétanque (f) = petanque, a.k.a. "boules"; une boule (f) = (steel) ball

    French Word-A-Day:

  • It was difficult to fathom how the 44th edition of a sport commonly known as "boules" was going to aid world peace until the first day of team action started on Thursday.

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  • j'ai un scoop pour toi = I have a scoop for you; étrange = strange; la lèvre (f) = lip; la pétanque (f) = petanque, a.k.a. "boules"; une boule (f) = (steel) ball

    French Word-A-Day:

  • Boccia is best described as a wheelchair version of boules, while goalball is for unsighted athletes and resembles handball.

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