pinochle

[ pee-nuhk-uh l, -nok- ]
/ ˈpi nʌk əl, -nɒk- /

noun

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.
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 pinochle

pinochle

penuchle, penuckle or pinocle

/ (ˈpiːnʌkəl) /

noun

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 for pinochle

C19: of unknown origin
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