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picquet

[pi-key, -ket]
noun
  1. piquet.
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piquet

or pic·quet

[pi-key, -ket]
noun
  1. a card game played by two persons with a pack of 32 cards, the cards from deuces to sixes being excluded.
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Origin of piquet

From French, dating back to 1640–50; see origin at pic2, -et
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Examples from the Web for picquet

Historical Examples

  • Perhaps our comrade might feel better over a hand at picquet.

    The False Chevalier

    William Douw Lighthall

  • Picquet shrugged his shoulders, turned on his heel in silence.

    The Flaming Jewel

    Robert W. Chambers

  • He turned and started noisily in the direction taken by Picquet.

    The Flaming Jewel

    Robert W. Chambers

  • Picquet, unastonished, gave him a heavy, bovine look of inquiry.

    The Flaming Jewel

    Robert W. Chambers

  • Presently the king came in, and played a game with Lina at picquet.


British Dictionary definitions for picquet

picquet

noun
  1. a variant spelling of picket (def. 3)
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piquet

noun
  1. a card game for two people playing with a reduced pack and scoring points for card combinations and tricks won
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Word Origin

C17: from French, of unknown origin; compare pique ²
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Word Origin and History for picquet

piquet

n.

card game, 1640s, from French piquet, picquet (16c.), of uncertain origin, perhaps a diminutive of pic "pick, pickaxe, pique," from phrase faire pic, a term said to be used in the game.

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