- a popular card game played by two, three, or four persons, with a 48-card deck.
- a meld of the queen of spades and the jack of diamonds in this game.
Origin of pinochle
- less common spellings of pinochle
penuchle, penuckle or pinocle
- a card game for two to four players similar to bezique
- the combination of queen of spades and jack of diamonds in this game
Word Origin and History for penuckle
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.