[ spuh-dil ]
/ spəˈdɪl /


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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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

/ (spəˈdɪl) /


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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