- 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.
Picquet, unastonished, gave him a heavy, bovine look of inquiry.
He turned and started noisily in the direction taken by Picquet.
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
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