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court card

noun

  1. (in a pack of playing cards) a king, queen, or jack of any suit US equivalentface card


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Word History and Origins

Origin of court card1

C17: altered from earlier coat-card, from the decorative coats worn by the figures depicted
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Example Sentences

N "Cartes-blanches" is a hand at Piquet without a court card—it counts ten.

Court card is for coat card, a name given to these cards from the dresses depicted on them.

Should no player have either a court card or a ten, the player next to the dealer scores the point for the game.

The one who played the court card also takes all the cards that have been played, and puts them under his own pack.

In playing-cards the lowest court card of each suit, the “jack,” representing a medieval servant, is called the “knave.”

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