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pair royal

  1. Cribbage. a set of three cards of the same denomination, worth six points.
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Origin of pair royal

First recorded in 1585–95
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Historical Examples of pair royal

  • When it came to Christian's turn he took the box with a trembling hand, shook it fearfully, and threw a pair-royal.

    Return of the Native

    Thomas Hardy

  • Pairs and pairs-royal take precedence according to the value of the cards composing them, but any pair-royal beats any pair.

British Dictionary definitions for pair royal

pair royal

  1. (in some card games) a set of three cards of the same denomination
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