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noun Cards.
  1. a game resembling pinochle, originally played with 64 cards and now more commonly with 128 cards and, sometimes, 192 or 256 cards.

Origin of bezique

1860–65; < French bésigue, bézigue, perhaps < Italian bazzica a similar game, derived variously from bazza trump card, stroke of luck, or bazzicare to frequent, haunt
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Examples from the Web for bezique

Historical Examples

  • Lady Bligh and Sir James were deep in their game of bezique.

    A Bride from the Bush

    E. W. (Ernest William) Hornung

  • It used to be different when me and Maria could stick it out over a game of bezique.


    Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch

  • There were there eight or ten card-tables—piquet, bezique, whist, etc.

  • She knew that bezique was a game of cards—or a game of something else.

    Main Street

    Sinclair Lewis

  • The name Bezique itself is applied to the combination of the knave of diamonds and queen of spades.

British Dictionary definitions for bezique


  1. a card game for two or more players with tricks similar to whist but with additional points scored for honours and sequences: played with two packs with nothing below a seven
  2. (in this game) the queen of spades and jack of diamonds declared together

Word Origin

C19: from French bésigue, of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for bezique


card game, 1861, from French bézigue (19c.), of unknown origin.

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