noun \ˈpē-ˌnə-kəl\

: a card game played with a special deck of 48 cards

Full Definition of PINOCHLE

:  a card game played with a 48-card pack containing two each of A, K, Q, J, 10, 9 in each suit with the object to score points by melding certain combinations of cards or by winning tricks that contain scoring cards; also :  the meld of queen of spades and jack of diamonds scoring 40 points in this game

Origin of PINOCHLE

modification of German dialect Binokel, a game resembling bezique, from French dialect binocle
First Known Use: 1864


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Card game. In one popular version of pinochle three players use two packs of 24 cards ranking ace, 10, king, queen, jack, and 9 of each suit. Each player is dealt 15 cards, 3 at a time. Bidding is based on certain combinations of cards within the player's hand and an estimation of tricks, or hands, the player can win. The name derives from Binokel, a German game resembling bezique.


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