in ancient Greece,
- an advisory council of elders
- later, a representative assembly with legislative and administrative functions
Origin of bouleClassical Greek boul?; akin to ballein, to throw (see ball); origin, originally sense, “to throw oneself in spirit into some effort”
- [usually pl.] a French game similar to boccie
- a small rounded mass, as of synthetic sapphire or ruby, produced by the fusion of alumina, suitably tinted, in a furnace
Origin of bouleFr, ball from Classical Latin bulla: see bull
alt. sp. of boulle
- The lower house of the modern Greek legislature.
- a. The senate of 400 founded by Solon in ancient Athens.b. A legislative assembly in any one of the ancient Greek states.
Origin of bouleGreek boulē assembly ; see gwelə- in Indo-European roots.
- a. often boules Any of several related bowling games, such as bocce or pétanque, traditionally played on an outdoor court.b. The ball used in one of these games.
- A round loaf of bread.
- A pear-shaped synthetic sapphire, ruby, or other alumina-based gem, produced by fusing and tinting alumina.
Origin of bouleFrench ball, boule from Old French ball from Latin bulla rounded object, bubble
(usually uncountable, plural boules)
- (woodworking) Alternative form of buhl.