Definition of tenace in English:

tenace

Syllabification: ten·ace
Pronunciation: /ˈtenˌās, ˈtenis
 
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noun

(In bridge, whist, and similar card games) a pair of cards in one hand that rank immediately above and below a card held by an opponent, e.g., the ace and queen in a suit of which an opponent holds the king.
More example sentences
  • Not wishing to lead from one of his tenaces, he opened the ten of spades.
  • Throwing the lead back to defenders after eliminating safe suits can force them to lead into your tenaces.
  • These tenaces are revealed to the defenders, providing them with additional defense advantages.

Origin

mid 17th century: from French, from Spanish tenaza, literally 'pincers'.

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