- a popular card game played by two, three, or four persons, with a 48-card deck.
- a meld of the queen of spades and the jack of diamonds in this game.
Origin of pinochle
Examples from the Web for pinochle
It's a diversion, much like pinochle or gin rummy were in the days when there were only three TV channels.Newt Gingrich Isn’t Doomed, Even After a Failed Presidential Campaign
May 2, 2012
He's no sport at all, except maybe when it comes to pinochle.Torchy and Vee
Dirty trick to break up a pinochle game in weather like this.Cue for Quiet
Thomas L. Sherred
"Got change for a dollar, an' I'll settle that pinochle debt," offered the sergeant.The Drums Of Jeopardy
It was like him to forget all about the herder and the promise of pinochle that night.The Uphill Climb
B. M. Bower
The house was peaceful, that evening, and he enjoyed a game of pinochle with his wife.Babbitt
penuchle, penuckle or pinocle
- a card game for two to four players similar to bezique
- the combination of queen of spades and jack of diamonds in this game
Word Origin and History for pinochle
also pinocle, 1864, Peaknuckle, of uncertain origin, perhaps from Swiss dialect Binokel (German), binocle (French), from French binocle "pince-nez" (17c.), from Medieval Latin binoculus "binoculars" (see binocular). Taken as a synonym for bésigue "bezique," the card game, and wrongly identified with besicles "spectacles," probably because the game is played with a double deck. Pinochle was popularized in U.S. late 1800s by German immigrants.