- a card game played by two persons with a pack of 32 cards, the cards from deuces to sixes being excluded.
Origin of piquet
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Examples from the Web for picquet
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.
He turned and started noisily in the direction taken by Picquet.
Picquet, unastonished, gave him a heavy, bovine look of inquiry.
Presently the king came in, and played a game with Lina at picquet.Prince Ricardo of Pantouflia
- a variant spelling of picket (def. 3)
- a card game for two people playing with a reduced pack and scoring points for card combinations and tricks won
C17: from French, of unknown origin; compare pique ²
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Word Origin and History for picquet
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.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper