the five at dice, cards, etc.

Origin of cinque

1350–1400; Middle English cink < Old French cinq < Vulgar Latin *cinque, for Latin quīnque five Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of cinque

Historical Examples of cinque

  • His open hands had won for this remarkable tenor the nickname, Cinque e cinque fanno dieci!

    My Recollections

    Jules Massenet

  • I dont study dinners at home, we have never given one in Cinque Cento House.

  • Cinque now took command of the vessel; placed Si-si at the helm; gave his people plenty to eat and drink.

  • Close to San Simeone are the cinque pozzi—five fountains in a row, with iron wheels above them.

    The Near East

    Robert Hichens

  • A name in old times for the inhabitants of the Cinque Ports; the burgesses of Ipswich are also so called.

    The Sailor's Word-Book

    William Henry Smyth

British Dictionary definitions for cinque



the number five in cards, dice, etc

Word Origin for cinque

C14: from Old French cinq five
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Word Origin and History for cinque

used for "five" in English in some situations, especially at cards or dice, late 14c., from French cinq, dissimilated from Latin quinque "five," in Late Latin also cinque (see five).

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