spadille

[ spuh-dil ]
/ spəˈdɪl /
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noun

the highest trump in certain card games, as the queen of clubs in omber.

Nearby words

  1. spadeful,
  2. spadework,
  3. spadger,
  4. spadiceous,
  5. spadices,
  6. spadix,
  7. spado,
  8. spae,
  9. spaetzle,
  10. spaewife

Origin of spadille

1720–30; < French < Spanish espadilla, equivalent to espad(a) broadsword, spade in cards (< Latin spatha; see spade2) + -illa diminutive suffix

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Examples from the Web for spadille

  • "I think, ladies and gentlemen, that I am Spadille this evening," he proclaimed in a voice of ice.

    The Passionate Elopement|Compton Mackenzie
  • In two hours Sir Asinus was sitting at spadille in the exceedingly undress costume of shirt, pantaloons, and silk stockings.



British Dictionary definitions for spadille

spadille

/ (spəˈdɪl) /

noun

cards (in ombre and quadrille) the ace of spades

Word Origin for spadille

C18: from French, from Spanish espadilla, diminutive of espada sword; see spade ²

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