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penuchle

or pe·nuck·le

[pee-nuhk-uh l]
noun
  1. pinochle.
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pinochle

[pee-nuhk-uh l, -nok-]
noun
  1. a popular card game played by two, three, or four persons, with a 48-card deck.
  2. a meld of the queen of spades and the jack of diamonds in this game.
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Also penuchle, penuckle, pi·noc·le.

Origin of pinochle

1860–65, Americanism; < Swiss German Binokel, Binoggel < Swiss French binocle literally, pince-nez (see binocle1), probably adopted as synonym of the less current French besicles spectacles, folk-etymological alteration of bezigue bezique
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British Dictionary definitions for penuckle

penuchle

penuckle

noun
  1. less common spellings of pinochle
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pinochle

penuchle, penuckle or pinocle

noun
  1. a card game for two to four players similar to bezique
  2. the combination of queen of spades and jack of diamonds in this game
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Word Origin

C19: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for penuckle

pinochle

n.

also pinocle, 1864, Peaknuckle, of uncertain origin, perhaps from Swiss dialect Binokel (German), binocle (French), from French binocle "pince-nez" (17c.), from Medieval Latin binoculus "binoculars" (see binocular). Taken as a synonym for bésigue "bezique," the card game, and wrongly identified with besicles "spectacles," probably because the game is played with a double deck. Pinochle was popularized in U.S. late 1800s by German immigrants.

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