spadille

spadille

[spuh-dil]
noun
the highest trump in certain card games, as the queen of clubs in omber.

Origin:
1720–30; < French < Spanish espadilla, equivalent to espad(a) broadsword, spade in cards (< Latin spatha; see spade2) + -illa diminutive suffix

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spadille (spəˈdɪl)
 
n
cards (in ombre and quadrille) the ace of spades
 
[C18: from French, from Spanish espadilla, diminutive of espada sword; see spade²]

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