- the highest trump in certain card games, as the queen of clubs in omber.
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
The ace of spades, or Spadille, was always the first trump; the ace of clubs (Basto) always the third.The Journal to Stella
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.The Youth of Jefferson
J. E. Cooke.
- cards (in ombre and quadrille) the ace of spades
C18: from French, from Spanish espadilla, diminutive of espada sword; see spade ²