- In playing cards or dice, a deuce is defined as two spots. In tennis, a deuce is a tied score of 40 to 40 in a game or 5 to 5 in a set.
An example of a deuce on a playing card is the two of hearts.
deuce definition by Webster's New World
- a playing card with two spots
- the side of a die bearing two spots, or a throw of the dice totaling two
Origin: < Fr à deux de jeuTennis, Badminton, etc. a tie score (in tennis, 40 each, or any tie score beyond this), after which one player or side must score two successive points to win the game
Origin: Middle English deus, dewes ; from Old French deus ; from Classical Latin duos, accusative of duo, two
Origin: Middle English dewes, two in dice or cards, confused with dewes, God ; from Old French dieu and amp; Classical Latin deus (see deity): meaning in reference to low score at dice
deuce definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- a. A playing card having two spots or the side of a die bearing two pips.b. A cast of dice totaling two.
- A tied score in tennis in which each player or side has 40 points, or 5 or more games, and one player or side must win 2 successive points to win the game, or 2 successive games to win the set.
Origin: Middle English deus, from Old French, two, from Latin duōs, masculine accusative of duo; see dwo- in Indo-European roots.
- The devil: “Love is a bodily infirmity . . . which breaks out the deuce knows how or why” (Thackeray).
- An outstanding example, especially of something difficult or bad: had a deuce of a time getting out of town; a deuce of a family row.
- A severe reprimand or expression of anger: got the deuce for being late.
- Used as an intensive: What the deuce were they thinking of?
Origin: Probably from Low German duus, a throw of two in dice games, bad luck, ultimately from Latin duo, two; see deuce1.