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piquet

or picquet

[pi-key, -ket] /pɪˈkeɪ, -ˈkɛt/
noun
1.
a card game played by two persons with a pack of 32 cards, the cards from deuces to sixes being excluded.
Origin of piquet
1640-1650
1640-50; < French; see pic2, -et
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  • On regaining the piquet, I found that several more djerms had dropped down the Nile, and were lying off the little wharf.

    Yule Logs Various
  • Maurice and piquet—then the widow and the divorcée for dinner—and now alone again!

    Man and Maid Elinor Glyn
  • N "Cartes-blanches" is a hand at piquet without a court card—it counts ten.

    The Sharper Detected and Exposed Jean-Eugne Robert-Houdin
  • We can go there, and then return to my rooms and continue our piquet.

    Youth Leo Tolstoy
  • Tell your mistress that I came to have my revenge for her beating me last night at piquet.

    A Little Girl in Old Philadelphia Amanda Minnie Douglas
  • He wrangled through one game of piquet after another; at last he got up.

  • In the evening, after his wife had retired, he sat up with his mother-in-law and took a hand at piquet.

  • I declined, but we afterward compromised the matter by having a game of piquet.

    Monsieur Lecoq, v.1 Emile Gaboriau
  • Soldiers on piquet often gambled within sight of an enemy's advanced post.

  • He broke up the party, and challenged Philip to a game of piquet.

    A Change of Air Anthony Hope
British Dictionary definitions for piquet

piquet

/pɪˈkɛt; -ˈkeɪ/
noun
1.
a card game for two people playing with a reduced pack and scoring points for card combinations and tricks won
Word Origin
C17: from French, of unknown origin; compare pique²
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Word Origin and History for piquet
n.

card game, 1640s, from French piquet, picquet (16c.), of uncertain origin, perhaps a diminutive of pic "pick, pickaxe, pique," from phrase faire pic, a term said to be used in the game.

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