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or picquet

[pi-key, -ket] /pɪˈkeɪ, -ˈkɛt/
a card game played by two persons with a pack of 32 cards, the cards from deuces to sixes being excluded.
Origin of piquet
From French, dating back to 1640-50; See origin at pic2, -et Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for piquet
Historical Examples
  • Can you spare a day from the tennis-court, or an evening from piquet?

    Sir Jasper Carew Charles James Lever
  • I was only going to say that he gave me a pack of cards; would you like a game of piquet?

    The Rescue Joseph Conrad
  • Often through compliance I played at piquet with my husband.

    The Autobiography of Madame Guyon Jeanne Marie Bouvier de La Motte Guyon
  • Maurice and piquet—then the widow and the divorcée for dinner—and now alone again!

    Man and Maid Elinor Glyn
  • He thanks you not, his pride is in piquet, Newmarket-fame, and judgment at a bet.

    Essay on Man Alexander Pope
  • We can go there, and then return to my rooms and continue our piquet.

    Youth Leo Tolstoy
  • That must be a piquet of the Indian regiment stationed outside the town.

    The Three Admirals W.H.G. Kingston
  • He won three francs of me at piquet, with a ridiculous display of triumph.

  • A debt of honour at piquet preceded the claim of a bill-discounter.

    What Will He Do With It, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • It was the fire of Grimshaw's piquet just then at bay below Talana.

British Dictionary definitions for piquet


/pɪˈkɛt; -ˈkeɪ/
a card game for two people playing with a reduced pack and scoring points for card combinations and tricks won
Word Origin
C17: from French, of unknown origin; compare pique²
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Word Origin and History for piquet

card game, 1640s, from French piquet, picquet (16c.), of uncertain origin, perhaps a diminutive of pic "pick, pickaxe, pique," from phrase faire pic, a term said to be used in the game.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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