Definition of pinochle in English:

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pinochle

Pronunciation: /ˈpēˌnək(ə)l/
Pronunciation: /ˈpēˌnäkl/

noun

1A card game for two or more players using a 48-card deck consisting of two of each card from nine to ace, the object being to score points for various combinations and to win tricks.
Example sentences
  • Many books give a lower score of 45 for triple pinochle but a higher score of 300 for quadruple pinochle.
  • Free Canasis.com is an online pinochle site that offers the most variations of pinochle including both single deck and double deck styles, both the old and new rules.
  • Points are counted as in normal pinochle to determine if the bidder ‘made’ his bid (one point for each ace, ten and king; one for the last trick: total 25).
1.1The combination of queen of spades and jack of diamonds in this game.
Example sentences
  • A double combination is one that contains two copies of each card and a double pinochle is two spade queens and two diamond jacks.
  • Pinochle is the combination of a Jack of Diamonds and a Queen of Spades, from which the game gets its name.

Origin

Mid 19th century: of unknown origin.

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: pi·noch·le

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