carambole

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English[edit]

Noun[edit]

carambole (plural caramboles)

  1. Archaic form of carambola. (star fruit)

Verb[edit]

carambole (third-person singular simple present caramboles, present participle caramboling, simple past and past participle caramboled)

  1. (archaic) To play a carom shot.
    • 1799, Sporting Magazine (volume 13, page 49)
      If the player holes the red ball, he scores three, and upon holing his adversary's ball, he gains two; and thus it frequently happens, that seven are got upon a single stroke, by caramboling and holing both balls.

French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Spanish carambola.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ka.ʁɑ̃.bɔl/
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Noun[edit]

carambole f (plural caramboles)

  1. star fruit
    Les caramboles sont-elles mûres ?
    Are the star fruits ripe?
  2. (dated, billiards) red (ball)
    Il a raté son coup de peu ; il est passé à deux millimètres de la carambole.
    He just missed the shot; he missed the red ball by two millimeters.
  3. (by extension, dated) French billiards
    La carambole est une variante de billard qui se joue à deux ou plusieurs joueurs, sur une table sans poche, avec des queues et trois billes : La blanche, la pointée (ou le pointu, également blanche parfois jaune) et la carambole (rouge).
    French billiards is a billiard game played by two or more players, on a billiard table with no pockets, using cues and three balls: the white, the dotted (also white but sometimes yellow) and the “carambole” (the red).
  4. (cue sports, dated) cannon.
    Ne traduisez plus l'anglais “a carom” par “une carambole” ; préférez le terme “un carambolage” plus fréquent aujourd'hui.
    The English term “a carom” should no longer be translated as “une carambole”; instead use “un carambolage”, which is more common today.

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carambole f

  1. plural of carambola