a French game similar to bowls
Origin of pétanqueFrench from Provençal pés tanqués, feet together (the required stance)
A game of French origin in which metal balls are thrown toward a target ball, played outside on a roughly surfaced rectangular court.
Origin of petanqueFrench from Provençal petanco foot planted like a stake, pétanque (in reference to the fact that players must throw boules from within a small designated area and with both feet touching the ground) pè foot ( from Old Provençal) ( from Latin pēs, ped- ; see ped- in Indo-European roots.) tanco stake, pole ( from tancar to fix firmly, close with a bar ) ( back-formation from Old Provençal estancar to stop up (taken as es-, out + tancar ) ) ( from Vulgar Latin stanticāre to make stagnant ) ( from Latin stāns, stant- ) ( present participle of stāre to stand (as in aqua stāns, standing water) ; see stā in Indo-European roots.)