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face card

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noun
  1. the king, queen, or jack of playing cards.
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Origin of face card

First recorded in 1665–75
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Historical Examples

  • In Germany, a fourth face-card is sometimes added to the pack, called the Knight, or Chevalier.

    The Gaming Table: Its Votaries and Victims

    Andrew Steinmetz


British Dictionary definitions for face card

face card

noun
  1. (in a pack of playing cards) a king, queen, or jack of any suitAlso called (in Britain and certain other countries): court card
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