boc·cie noun \ˈbä-chē\
: a game in which players roll heavy balls across an area of ground and try to get each ball to stop as near as possible to a smaller ball
: a game of Italian origin similar to lawn bowling played on a long narrow usually dirt court
Origin of BOCCIE
plural of boccia
ball, from Vulgar Latin *bottia
First Known Use: 1860
boccie noun (Concise Encyclopedia)
(from Italian bocce, balls) Game of Italian origin, similar to bowls. It is played on a long, narrow, packed-clay court enclosed with boarded ends and sides. Each player or team in turn rolls four balls (made of wood, metal, or composition material) toward a smaller target ball. The object is to bring the ball to rest nearest the target ball (for which points are awarded at the end of a round), to protect a well-placed ball, or to knock aside an opponent's ball. The game usually proceeds until one side has 12 points.
Variants of BOCCIE
boccie or bocci or bocce
Next Word in the Dictionary: bocconiaPrevious Word in the Dictionary: boccaroAll Words Near: boccie
Seen & Heard
What made you want to look up boccie? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).