boule

noun (1)
bou·​le | \ ˈbü-(ˌ)lē How to pronounce boule (audio) , bü-ˈlā How to pronounce boule (audio) \

Definition of boule

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a legislative council of ancient Greece consisting first of an aristocratic advisory body and later of a representative senate

boule

noun (2)
\ ˈbül How to pronounce boule (audio) \

Definition of boule (Entry 2 of 2)

: a synthetically formed mass (as of sapphire) with the atomic structure of a single crystal

First Known Use of boule

Noun (1)

1840, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1918, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for boule

Noun (1)

Greek boulē, literally, will, from boulesthai to wish

Noun (2)

French, ball — more at bowl

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about boule

Time Traveler for boule

Time Traveler

The first known use of boule was in 1840

See more words from the same year

Statistics for boule

Cite this Entry

“Boule.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/boule. Accessed 27 January 2020.

More from Merriam-Webster on boule

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with boule

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about boule

Comments on boule

What made you want to look up boule? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

one that suddenly gains wealth or power

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Intact Latin Quiz

  • roman tablet
  • What did focus mean in Latin?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Dictionary Devil

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!