pinochle(redirected from penuckle)
Also found in: Thesaurus, Encyclopedia.
pi·noch·leor pi·noc·le (pē′nŭk′əl, -nŏk′əl) also pe·nuch·le or pe·nuck·le (pē′nŭk′əl)
1. A game of cards for two to four persons, played with a special deck of 48 cards, with points being scored by taking tricks and forming certain combinations.
2. The combination of the queen of spades and jack of diamonds in this game.
[Perhaps from German dialectal Binokel, beziquelike card game, from French dialectal binocle, spectacles, from New Latin bīnoculus, the two eyes : Latin bīnī, two each; see dwo- in Indo-European roots + Latin oculus, eye; see okw- in Indo-European roots.]
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
1. (Card Games) a card game for two to four players similar to bezique
2. (Card Games) the combination of queen of spades and jack of diamonds in this game
[C19: of unknown origin]
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
or pi•noc•le(ˈpi nʌk əl, -nɒk-)
1. a 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.
[1860–65, Amer.; < Swiss German Binokel, Binoggel < Swiss French, French binocle literally, pince-nez, probably adopted as synonym of the less current French besicles spectacles, alter., by folk etym., of bezigue bezique]
Random House Kernerman Webster's College Dictionary, © 2010 K Dictionaries Ltd. Copyright 2005, 1997, 1991 by Random House, Inc. All rights reserved.
Switch to new thesaurus
|Noun||1.||pinochle - a card game played with a pack of forty-eight cards (two of each suit for high cards); play resembles whist|
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.