tenace

[ten-eys]
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noun Whist, Bridge.

a sequence of two high cards of the same suit that lack an intervening card to be in consecutive order, as the ace and queen.

Nearby words

  1. tena,
  2. tena koe,
  3. tena korua,
  4. tena koutou,
  5. tenable,
  6. tenacious,
  7. tenaciously,
  8. tenacity,
  9. tenaculum,
  10. tenaculum forceps


Origin of tenace

1645–55; < Spanish tenazas tongs, tenace (in card games), derivative of tenazLatin tenāx tenacious; compare Medieval Latin tenācēs forceps

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British Dictionary definitions for tenace

tenace

noun

bridge whist a holding of two nonconsecutive high cards of a suit, such as the ace and queen

Word Origin for tenace

C17: from French, from Spanish tenaza forceps, ultimately from Latin tenāx holding fast, from tenēre to hold

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