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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. 2018

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  1. 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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