boules

French ball game, similar to bowls and boccie.

Players take turns throwing or rolling a steel ball as close as possible to a small target ball; an opponent's ball may be knocked away if necessary. The playing field is called a pitch.

* * *

▪ French game
French  Jeu De Boules,  also called  Pétanque, 

      French ball game, similar to bowls and boccie. It is thought to have originated about 1910, but it is based on the very old French game of jeu Provençal.

      Boules is played between two players or teams. Players take turns throwing or rolling a ball (boule) as close as possible to the target ball (called the jack, or cochonnet); if necessary the player will use his ball to knock the opponent's ball away. The balls are usually made of steel and are about 7–8 cm (2.75–3.15 inches) in diameter; the target balls are smaller, about 25–35 mm (1–1.35 inches) in diameter. The game is played on a pitch some 15 m (49 feet) long and some 4 m wide.

* * *


Universalium. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Boules — Boules …   Deutsch Wörterbuch

  • Boulès — ajouter une photo Caractéristiques Longueur  ? Bassin  ? Bassin collecteur la Têt Débit moyen  ? Cours Se jette dan …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Boules — (French IPA2|bul) is a collective name for games played with metal balls.Boules is very popular in France.Tw* Bocce * Boccia * Boule lyonnaise * Bowls * Pétanque * Klootschieten * Varpa *Winter kind of boule: **Curling …   Wikipedia

  • boules — ● boules nom féminin pluriel Jeu qui se joue avec des boules …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • boules — [ bul ] noun uncount a game in which players throw small heavy balls toward a smaller ball on the ground …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • Boules — Boule Cette page d’homonymie répertorie les différents sujets et articles partageant un même nom.  Pour les articles homophones, voir Boole et Boulle …   Wikipédia en Français

  • boules — var. of BOULE(1). * * * boules /bool/ plural noun (but usu sing in construction) A French form of bowls played on rough surfaces, pétanque ORIGIN: Fr * * * boules UK [buːl] US [bul] noun [uncountable] a game in which players throw small heavy… …   Useful english dictionary

  • boules — f, pl avoir les boules foutre les boules …   Le petit dico du grand français familier

  • boules — [[t]bu͟ːl[/t]] N UNCOUNT Boules is a game in which a small ball is thrown and then the players try to throw other balls as close to the first ball as possible …   English dictionary

  • boules — noun bowls; games played with metal balls …   Wiktionary

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.