- Also called service ace.a placement made on a service.
- any placement.
- a serve that the opponent fails to touch.
- the point thus scored.
- Also called hole in one.a shot in which the ball is driven from the tee into the hole in one stroke: He hit a 225-yard ace on the first hole.
- a score of one stroke made on such a shot: to card an ace.
verb (used with object), aced, ac·ing.
- to receive a grade of A, as on a test or in a course (sometimes followed by out).
- to complete easily and successfully: He aced every physical fitness test they gave him.
Origin of ace
Examples from the Web for aces
Contemporary Examples of aces
Jones, it should be said, is also aces as the unfulfilled housewife (a role she plays very convincingly on Mad Men).Ethan Hawke's 'Good Kill': A Searing Indictment of America's Drone Warfare Obsession
September 6, 2014
There are no winning hands, just a grim deck full of aces of spades.War Is the New Peace: American Vets Reflect on Syria
John Kael Weston
September 10, 2013
He aces it, of course, and the commentator asks, “Was that a secret message?”Fainting, Confusion, Screams: The 9 Best Spelling Bee Stumpers (VIDEO)
May 31, 2012
It might not be museum-quality, but as populist art, this show is aces.Bravo’s Addictive ‘Work of Art’
November 30, 2011
There are good shots, bad shots, aces, volleys, and certain times when one side seems to have taken the lead.Inside the Trial of Dr. Conrad Murray
October 9, 2011
Historical Examples of aces
"Aces and sevens, gamblers," I grinned, reaching for the pot.Card Trick
Walter Bupp AKA Randall Garrett
A man with a pair of kings compelling three aces to see before the draw!The House of Pride
"I suppose you gave him the three aces," said Dr. Duchesne gloomily.Trent's Trust and Other Stories
Until two aces follow each other, with no other card between, there is no decision.The Quadroon
Three aces are highest, then three kings, three queens, etc.Round Games with Cards
W. H. Peel
Word Origin for ace
n acronym for
c.1300, "one at dice," from Old French as "one at dice," from Latin as "a unit, one, a whole, unity;" also the name of a small Roman coin ("originally one pound of copper; reduced by depreciation to half an ounce" [Lewis]), perhaps originally Etruscan and related to Greek eis "one" (from PIE *sem- "one, as one"), or directly from the Greek word.
In English, it meant the side of the die with only one mark before it meant the playing card with one pip (1530s). Because this was the lowest roll at dice, ace was used metaphorically in Middle English for "bad luck" or "something of no value;" but as the ace is often the highest playing card, the extended senses based on "excellence, good quality" arose 18c. as card-playing became popular. Ace in the hole in the figurative sense of "concealed advantage" is attested from 1904, from crooked stud poker deals.
Meaning "outstanding pilot" dates from 1917 (technically, in World War I aviators' jargon, one who has brought down 10 enemy planes, though originally in reference to 5 shot down), from French l'ace (1915), which, according to Bruce Robertson (ed.) "Air Aces of the 1914-1918 War" was used in prewar French sporting publications for "top of the deck" boxers, cyclists, etc. Sports meaning of "point scored" (1819) led to that of "unreturnable serve" (1889).
"to score" (in sports), 1923, from ace (n.). This led in turn to the extended student slang sense of "get high marks" (1959). Related: Aced; acing.
In addition to the idioms beginning with ace
- ace in the hole
- ace it
- ace out
- hold all the aces
- within an ace of