Definition of pinochle in English:

pinochle

Line breaks: pin|ochle
Pronunciation: /ˈpiːnɒk(ə)l
 
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noun

[mass noun]
  • 1A North American card game for two or more players using a 48-card pack consisting of two of each card from nine to ace, the object being to score points for various combinations and to win tricks.
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    • 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 the game of pinochle.
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    • 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.

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