Definition of billiard in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbilyərd/


1 (billiards) [usually treated as singular] A game usually for two people, played on a billiard table, in which three balls are struck with cues into pockets around the edge of the table: play billiards at home (as modifier billiard) a billiard ball billiard room
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  • But in professional carom, unlike in billiards, the cue ball has to hit three cushions during the shot.
  • The battalion chapel and a game room with billiards and ping-pong tables were also located in the DFAC building.
  • First it was indoor swimming pools, then came indoor tennis, of course the huge influx of indoor sports like snooker, billiards, table tennis became hot favourites.
1.1 (in full English billiards) A game played on a billiard table with pockets, in which points are made by caroms, pocketing an object ball, or caroming the cue ball into a pocket.
Example sentences
  • In America recently I saw a billiards table without pockets.
2A stroke in which the cue ball strikes two balls successively.


Late 16th century: from French billard, denoting both the game and the cue, diminutive of bille (see billet2).

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Syllabification: bil·liard

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