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bou·le 1

 (bo͞o′lē, bo͞o-lā′)
1. 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.

[Greek boulē, assembly; see gwelə- in Indo-European roots.]

boule 2

a. often boules (bo͞ol) 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.
2. A round loaf of bread.
3. A pear-shaped synthetic sapphire, ruby, or other alumina-based gem, produced by fusing and tinting alumina.

[French, ball, boule, from Old French, ball, from Latin bulla, rounded object, bubble.]


1. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) the parliament in modern Greece
2. (Historical Terms) the senate of an ancient Greek city-state
[C19: from Greek boulē senate]


(Jewellery) a pear-shaped imitation ruby, sapphire, etc, made from synthetic corundum
[C19: from French: ball]


(Cookery) a round loaf of white bread
[C20: from French: a ball]



a single crystal of material produced by a fusion process and used for making synthetic gemstones.
[1915–20; < French]


(ˈbu li, buˈleɪ)

n., pl. -les.
1. the legislative assembly of modern Greece.
2. (usu. l.c.) a legislative council in ancient Greek states.
[1840–50; < Greek: a council, body of chosen ones]
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Noun1.boule - an inlaid furniture decorationboule - an inlaid furniture decoration; tortoiseshell and yellow and white metal form scrolls in cabinetwork
embellishment - a superfluous ornament
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