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pinochle

[pee-nuhk-uh l, -nok-] /ˈpi nʌk əl, -nɒk-/
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
Swiss German
Swiss French
1860-1865
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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Examples for pinochle
  • He is especially impressive in a pinochle game and also in the night school episodes.
  • His favorite hobbies include playing pinochle and bocci ball.
British Dictionary definitions for pinochle

pinochle

/ˈpiːnʌkəl/
noun
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
Word Origin
C19: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for pinochle
n.

also pinocle, 1864, Peaknuckle, of uncertain origin, perhaps from Swiss dialect Binokel (German), binocle (French), from French binocle "pince-nez" (17c.), from Medieval Latin binoculus "binoculars" (see binocular). 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 German immigrants.

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