Share this entry

Share this page

court card

Syllabification: court card

Definition of court card in English:

noun

British term for face card.
Example sentences
  • The court cards can only capture court cards of the same rank (for example: kings can only capture kings - they cannot capture a set of cards which add up to 13).
  • The values of the cards are usually much the same: 5, 4, 3, 2 for the court cards in the suits; 5 for the 1 and 21 of trumps and the fool; and 1 for each other card.
  • The pack of tarot cards consists of 78, usually highly illustrated cards. 22 major arcana cards are accompanied by 40 numbered cards in suits and 16 court cards.

Origin

mid 17th century: alteration of 16th-century coat card, so named because of the decorative dress of the figures depicted.

Definition of court card in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day orthoepy
Pronunciation: ôrˈTHōəpē
noun
the correct or accepted pronunciation of words