Billiards Definition

A game played on a rectangular cloth-covered table with raised cushioned edges, in which a cue is used to hit three small, hard balls against one another or the side cushions of the table.
American Heritage
A game played with two object balls and a cue ball on a rectangular table covered with cloth, esp. baize, and having raised, cushioned edges: a long, tapering stick (called a cue) is used to hit and move the balls.
Webster's New World
One of several similar games, such as pool.
American Heritage
Any of a number of similar games.
Webster's New World

(games, UK) A two-player cue sport played with two cue balls and one red ball, on a snooker sized table.


Origin of Billiards

  • From French billard, originally referring to the wooden cue stick, diminutive of Old French bille (“log, tree trunk”), from Vulgar Latin *bilia, probably of Gaulish origin (compare Old Irish bile (“tree”)).

    From Wiktionary

  • French billard from bille log billet2

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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