a) A two-player cue sport played with two cue balls and one red ball, on a snooker sized table.
b) The collective noun for games played on a tabletop, usually with several balls, one or more of which is hit by a cue.

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  • billiards — [[t]bɪ̱liə(r)dz[/t]] (The form billiard is used as a modifier.) 1) N UNCOUNT Billiards is a game played on a large table, in which you use a long stick called a cue to hit balls against each other or into pockets around the sides of the table.… …   English dictionary

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  • billiards — n. 1 a game played on an oblong cloth covered table, with three balls struck with cues into pockets round the edge of the table. 2 (billiard) (in comb.) used in billiards (billiard ball; billiard table). Etymology: orig. pl., f. F billard… …   Useful english dictionary

  • billiards — noun plural but singular in construction Etymology: Middle French billard billiard cue, billiards, from bille wooden stick, log more at billet Date: 1580 any of several games played on an oblong table by driving small balls against one another or …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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