mas·​sé ma-ˈsā How to pronounce massé (audio)
: a shot in billiards or pool made by hitting the cue ball vertically or nearly vertically on the side to drive it around one ball in order to strike another

Word History


French, from past participle of masser to make a massé shot, from masse sledgehammer, from Middle French mace mace

First Known Use

1873, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of massé was in 1873

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Cite this Entry

“Massé.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2024.

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