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  1. the highest trump in certain card games, as the queen of clubs in omber.
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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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Historical Examples of spadille

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

    The Passionate Elopement

    Compton Mackenzie

  • The ace of spades, or Spadille, was always the first trump; the ace of clubs (Basto) always the third.

    The Journal to Stella

    Jonathan Swift

  • Spadille, spa-dil′, n. the ace of spades in the games of ombre and quadrille.

  • 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


  1. cards (in ombre and quadrille) the ace of spades
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Word Origin for spadille

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