noun (used with a singular verb)
any of several games played with hard balls of ivory or of a similar material that are driven with a cue on a cloth-covered table enclosed by a raised rim of rubber, especially a game played with a cue ball and two object balls on a table without pockets. Compare pool2 ( def 8 ).

1585–95; plural of billiard

billiardist, noun Unabridged


of or used in billiards.
carom ( def 1 ).

1630–40; < French billard cue, equivalent to bille stick (see billet2) + -ard -ard Unabridged
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billiard (ˈbɪljəd)
(modifier) of or relating to billiards: a billiard table; a billiard cue; a billiard ball

billiards (ˈbɪljədz)
1.  any of various games in which long cues are used to drive balls now made of composition or plastic. It is played on a rectangular table covered with a smooth tight-fitting cloth and having raised cushioned edges
2.  pool Compare snooker a version of this, played on a rectangular table having six pockets let into the corners and the two longer sides. Points are scored by striking one of three balls with the cue to contact the other two or one of the two
[C16: from Old French billard curved stick, from Old French bille log; see billet²]

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Word Origin & History

1590s, from Fr. billiard, originally the wooden cue stick, a dim. form from O.Fr. bille "stick of wood," from Gaul. *bilia "tree" (cf. Ir. bile "tree trunk").

sing. of billiards (q.v.), used only in combinations.
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Example sentences
Imagine that you are playing pocket billiards on a pool table that is three
  meters long and one meter wide.
The mathematician might be concerned with the set of possible games, say the
  set of possible configurations on a billiards table.
Trump appears to have covered his head in a thick layer of billiards chalk
  before recording this video.
The hotel features an oceanfront outdoor swimming pool and a game room with
  billiards table and arcade games.
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