boccie

noun

boc·​cie ˈbä-chē How to pronounce boccie (audio)
variants or bocci or bocce
: a game of Italian origin similar to lawn bowling played on a long narrow usually dirt court

Examples of boccie in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The same is true of pétanque, or boules, a bowling game that originated about 1910 in southern France and is often confused with boccie. Mike Morris, Los Angeles Times, 17 Oct. 2019 Amazon Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bezos also explicitly used the shareholder letter to talk up the small businesses that sell slacks or boccie balls on Amazon in return for giving a cut of sales and other fees to the e-commerce giant. Washington Post, 19 July 2019 Amazon Chief Executive Jeff Bezos also explicitly used the shareholder letter to talk up the small businesses that sell slacks or boccie balls on Amazon in return for giving a cut of sales and other fees to the e-commerce giant. Los Angeles Times, 18 July 2019 Guests now play boccie — there are seven indoor and two outdoor courts — where clanging slot machines once dominated the casino. Jay Jones, latimes.com, 25 May 2017

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Word History

Etymology

Italian bocce, plural of boccia ball, from Vulgar Latin *bottia boss

First Known Use

1828, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of boccie was in 1828

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“Boccie.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/boccie. Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

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