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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.]
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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]
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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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References in classic literature ?
Chief among these is the Casino Municipale, where, for a price, the sorrowful may obtain oblivion by means of the ingenious game of boule .
To the boule tables that night fled George with his hopeless passion.
There is nothing like boule for absorbing the mind.
The game of boule demands undivided attention from its devotees.
It was not for some weeks after the Crawleys' departure that the landlord of the hotel which they occupied during their residence at Paris found out the losses which he had sustained: not until Madame Marabou, the milliner, made repeated visits with her little bill for articles supplied to Madame Crawley; not until Monsieur Didelot from Boule d'Or in the Palais Royal had asked half a dozen times whether cette charmante Miladi who had bought watches and bracelets of him was de retour.
Vincent stepped down as president of Hobart and William Smith Colleges, the legal and diversity scholar has continued to champion education causes through his new role as CEO and chairman of Sigma Pi Phi--also known as the Boule.
THE White Hart pub, in Quorn, is hosting a Come and Have a Go at Petanque (French boule).
[beaucoup moins que] Il faut detecter la maladie au stade d'image et non de boule car si en palpant on trouve une boule c'est que le nodule est deja la depuis 6 a 8 ans [beaucoup plus grand que] a-t-elle precise.
Sapphire could be used in smartphone screens, but to be economical, the furnaces to produce them would have to create a very large boule of sapphire that could then be sliced into screens.
Inspiring teenagers of color through scholarships, internships and mentoring is the aim of Gregory McDaniel and his 49 fellow members of Sarasota's Gamma Xi Boule, a chapter of a national fraternity comprised of 5,000 mostly African-American men with post-graduate degrees, whose motto is "Extraordinary men called to lead."