pinochle

[pee-nuhk-uhl, -nok-]
noun
1.
a popular card game played by two, three, or four persons, with a 48-card deck.
2.
a meld of the queen of spades and the jack of diamonds in this game.
Also, penuchle, penuckle, pinocle.


Origin:
1860–65, Americanism; < Swiss German Binokel, Binoggel < Swiss French binocle literally, pince-nez (see binocle1), probably adopted as synonym of the less current French besicles spectacles, folk-etymological alteration of bezigue bezique

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pinochle, penuchle, penuckle or pinocle (ˈpiːnʌkəl)
 
n
1.  a card game for two to four players similar to bezique
2.  the combination of queen of spades and jack of diamonds in this game
 
[C19: of unknown origin]
 
penuchle, penuchle, penuckle or pinocle
 
n
 
[C19: of unknown origin]
 
penuckle, penuchle, penuckle or pinocle
 
n
 
[C19: of unknown origin]
 
pinocle, penuchle, penuckle or pinocle
 
n
 
[C19: of unknown origin]

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pinochle
1864, Peaknuckle, perhaps from Swiss dialect Binokel (Ger.), binocle (Fr.), from Fr. binocle "pince-nez," from M.L. binoculus "binoculars." Taken as a synonym for bésigue "bezique," the card game, and wrongly identified with besicles "spectacles," probably because the game is played with a double
deck. Pinochle was popularized in U.S. late 1800s by Ger. immigrants.
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He is especially impressive in a pinochle game and also in the night school episodes.
His favorite hobbies include playing pinochle and bocci ball.
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