[kuh-tawrz; French ka-tawrz]

noun, plural qua·torz·es [kuh-tawr-ziz; French ka-tawrz] /kəˈtɔr zɪz; French kaˈtɔrz/. Piquet.

a set of four cards of the same denomination, aces, kings, queens, jacks, or tens, scoring 14 points.

Origin of quatorze

1695–1705; < French: fourteen < Latin quattuordecim, equivalent to quattuor four + -decim, combining form of decem ten
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for quatorze

Historical Examples of quatorze

  • "But I had a quatorze, and took the fishes," replied Des Meloises.

    The Golden Dog

    William Kirby

  • Never have I loved Paris more than on the Quatorze of testing.

    Paris Vistas

    Helen Davenport Gibbons

  • Had they not blazed the way for those who would march on the Quatorze of victory?

    Paris Vistas

    Helen Davenport Gibbons

  • The dear old custom of the night of the Quatorze was revived.

    Paris Vistas

    Helen Davenport Gibbons

  • I can put it on as an actor on the stage wears a chapeau of the Quatorze time.

Word Origin and History for quatorze


in French terms, "fourteen," from French quatorze, from Latin quatuordecim (source also of Italian quattordici), from quatuor "four" (see four) + -decim (see -teen).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper