- 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
Examples from the Web for pinocle
He rose to his feet to join the pinocle players in the dining room.
The game of pinocle was frequently halted for recriminations.The Huntress
"Four aces, and pinocle," announced Mr. Gooch with grim satisfaction.A Romance of Billy-Goat Hill
Alice Hegan Rice
Sometimes the proposed excursion was a pinocle party or a visit to the theatre, but the dénouement was always the same.
Martha said she didn't play bridge and upon Annie's timid suggestion of pinocle, said she had never heard of it.The Butterfly House
Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
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 pinocle
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.