- a game resembling pinochle, originally played with 64 cards and now more commonly with 128 cards and, sometimes, 192 or 256 cards.
Origin of bezique
1860–65; < French bésigue, bézigue, perhaps < Italian bazzica a similar game, derived variously from bazza trump card, stroke of luck, or bazzicare to frequent, haunt
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Examples from the Web for bezique
Lady Bligh and Sir James were deep in their game of bezique.A Bride from the Bush
E. W. (Ernest William) Hornung
It used to be different when me and Maria could stick it out over a game of bezique.Foe-Farrell
Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
There were there eight or ten card-tables—piquet, bezique, whist, etc.Parisian Points of View
She knew that bezique was a game of cards—or a game of something else.Main Street
The name Bezique itself is applied to the combination of the knave of diamonds and queen of spades.
- a card game for two or more players with tricks similar to whist but with additional points scored for honours and sequences: played with two packs with nothing below a seven
- (in this game) the queen of spades and jack of diamonds declared together
C19: from French bésigue, of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for bezique
card game, 1861, from French bézigue (19c.), of unknown origin.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper