Today's Word of the Day means...
"The invitations to the musicale came sliding in by pairs and threes and spade flushes." [O.Henry, "Cabbages & Kings," 1904]Derogatory meaning "black person" is 1928, from the color of the playing card symbol.
A black person: The spades inhabited Harlem and let the ofays have Wall Street to themselves
[1928+; fr the color of the playing-card symbol and fr the phrase black as the ace of spades]
trick-taking card game of the whist family that became very popular in the United States in the 1990s, though reportedly some 40 years old by that time. It is played by four players in bridge-style partnerships, each being dealt 13 cards one at a time from a standard 52-card deck. Spades are always the trump suit.