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  1. Edmond,1672–1769, English authority and writer on card games.
  2. Sir Fred,1915–2001, British astronomer, mathematician, and educator.
  1. according to Hoyle, according to the rules or to the authority; correctly.
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  1. an authoritative book of rules for card games

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after Edmond Hoyle (1672–1769), English authority on games, its compiler


  1. Sir Fred. 1915–2001, English astronomer and writer: his books include The Nature of the Universe (1950) and Frontiers of Astronomy (1955), and science-fiction writings
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Word Origin and History for hoyle


cited as a typical authority on card or board games, in reference to Edmond Hoyle (1672-1769), author of several works on card-playing. The surname, according to Bardsley, represents a Northern English dialectal pronunciation of hole. "In Yorks and Lancashire hole is still dialectically hoyle. Any one who lived in a round hollow or pit would be Thomas or Ralph in the Hoyle." ["Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames," London, 1901]

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