- any of a family of card games, usually for three or four persons and typically played with a 48-card deck made up of two of every card above the eight, including the ace
- the meld of the queen of spades and the jack of diamonds in this game
Origin of pinochleearlier binochle from German dialect, dialectal (Swiss) binokel from French binocle, pince-nez ( from Modern Latin binoculus, binoculars: see binocular), taken as synonym for bésigue, bezique, wrongly identified with besicles, spectacles (prob. because the game is played with a double deck)
or pi·noc·le also pe·nuch·le or pe·nuck·le
- A game of cards for two to four persons, played with a special deck of 48 cards, with points being scored by taking tricks and forming certain combinations.
- The combination of the queen of spades and jack of diamonds in this game.
Origin of pinochlePerhaps from German dialectal Binokel beziquelike card game from French dialectal binocle spectacles from New Latin bīnoculus the two eyes Latin bīnī two each ; see dwo- in Indo-European roots.Latin oculus eye ; see okw- in Indo-European roots.
- (card games) A card game, similar to bezique.
- (card games) A meld of jack of diamonds and queen of spades in said card game.