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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 of pinochle
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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  • The game of pinocle was frequently halted for recriminations.

    The Huntress Hulbert Footner
  • He rose to his feet to join the pinocle players in the dining room.

    Elkan Lubliner, American Montague Glass
  • Martha said she didn't play bridge and upon Annie's timid suggestion of pinocle, said she had never heard of it.

    The Butterfly House Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
  • Sometimes the proposed excursion was a pinocle party or a visit to the theatre, but the dénouement was always the same.

    Elkan Lubliner, American Montague Glass
  • "Four aces, and pinocle," announced Mr. Gooch with grim satisfaction.

    A Romance of Billy-Goat Hill Alice Hegan Rice
British Dictionary definitions for pinocle

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 pinocle

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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