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Part of speech: noun

Origin: Unknown, mid-19th century


A card game for two or more players using a 48-card deck consisting of two of each card from nine to ace, the object being to score points for various combinations and to win tricks.


The combination of queen of spades and jack of diamonds in this game.

Examples of Pinochle in a sentence

"Let's get a group together to play some pinochle this weekend."

"I held back a smile as I looked at the double pinochle in my hands."

About Pinochle

Pinochle is a noun for a card game played with a special double deck. Within the game, you can also hold a combination of cards called a pinochle — the queen of spades and jack of diamonds. Gather both, and you have a double pinochle.

Did you Know?

A French deck of cards contains trèfles (clubs), carreaux (diamonds), cœurs (hearts), and piques (spades). There are three face cards — the valet (jack), the dame (queen), and the roi (king). A standard deck contains 52 cards, but depending on the game, you might drop certain numbers, bringing the deck down by 4s. Pinochle is played with a 48-card deck, containing two of each card from nine to ace.

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