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


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

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“Boule.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 27 January 2020.

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