or pic·quet

[ pi-key, -ket ]
/ pɪˈkeɪ, -ˈkɛt /


a card game played by two persons with a pack of 32 cards, the cards from deuces to sixes being excluded.

Origin of piquet

From French, dating back to 1640–50; see origin at pic2, -et
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/ (pɪˈkɛt, -ˈkeɪ) /


a card game for two people playing with a reduced pack and scoring points for card combinations and tricks won

Word Origin for piquet

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



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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