- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈbɪlɪədz/
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- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈbɪl.jɚdz/
- Hyphenation: bil‧liards
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 (“large tree, tree trunk”)), from Proto-Celtic *belyos (“tree”), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰolh₃yos (“leaf”), from *bʰleh₃- (“blossom, flower”).
- (games, Britain) A two-player cue sport played with two cue balls and one red ball, on a snooker sized table.
- Synonym: English billiards
- (games, US) The collective noun for games played on a tabletop, usually with several balls, one or more of which is hit by a cue.
- See also Thesaurus:cue sport
- plural of