\ ˈdüs How to pronounce deuce (audio) also ˈdyüs \

Definition of deuce

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a(1) : the face of a die that bears two spots
(2) : a playing card bearing an index number two
b : a throw of the dice yielding two points
2 : a tie in tennis after each side has scored 40 requiring two consecutive points by one side to win
3 [obsolete English deuce bad luck]
a : devil, dickens used chiefly as a mild oath what the deuce is he up to now
b : something notable of its kind a deuce of a mess


deuced; deucing

Definition of deuce (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to bring the score of (a tennis game or set) to deuce

Examples of deuce in a Sentence

Noun She beat her opponent after eight deuces.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Watch in front of City Hall as a lighted deuce of clubs card lowers to bring in 2022. Shanti Lerner, The Arizona Republic, 22 Dec. 2021 Serving to stay in the match, Hurkacz was at deuce when Djokovic edged a 25-shot rally to forge a first match point. Jerome Pugmire, ajc, 6 Nov. 2021 Half of those eight games in the final set reached deuce before Aggarwal finished off the history-making win. Nate Fields, The Enquirer, 24 Oct. 2021 But the Russian double faulted on championship point and then again at deuce to give Djokovic the advantage. Jordan Freiman, CBS News, 12 Sep. 2021 Eight games later, Zverev double-faulted at deuce and sent a soft forehand into the middle of the net that allowed Thiem to serve for the fourth set. Ben Rothenberg, New York Times, 12 Aug. 2021 Perez-Somarriba started the match strong, breaking at deuce in the opening game and then winning each of the next three to build a 4-0 lead. Alex Schwartz,, 26 May 2021 The touchdown turned into nine points when Shock kicker Sawyer Petre made the extra point, then converted the deuce by splitting the uprights on the kickoff. Mark Inabinett |, al, 11 July 2021 Two in the first set lasted through five deuce points. Arkansas Online, 12 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The first set of Wednesday’s three-hour, 27-minute match at Arthur Ashe Stadium featured an epic, 20-point game that went to deuce seven times. Los Angeles Times, 8 Sep. 2021 With the score 5-5 and Keys serving, Stephens jumped to 0-40 lead, only to see Keys dismiss three break points and get back to deuce. Alex Coffey, USA TODAY, 31 Aug. 2021 Despite a weak second serve, Berrettini held serve in a game that went to deuce six times, cutting Djokovic’s lead to 4-2. Los Angeles Times, 8 Sep. 2021 The system uses no-advantage scoring, meaning the player or team that wins deuce will win the game — that is, instead of needing to win a game by two points, one point will suffice. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, 8 Oct. 2020 Azarenka, a two-time major champion who was in her first final in seven years, had three chances to break back at 0-40 in the next game, but Osaka fought back to deuce and had her biggest hold of the match when Azarenka hit a forehand long. Wayne Coffey, USA TODAY, 12 Sep. 2020 After the game went to deuce five times, Andreescu hit a backhand into the net to give Williams the advantage and Williams won the game with a forehand, cutting Andreescu’s lead to 4-3. Los Angeles Times, 7 Sep. 2019 Although the first three games went at least to deuce, Osuigwe quickly asserted command in going up a break. Craig Davis,, 11 Dec. 2017 Television broadcasts showed that Kerber’s shot had, in fact, landed out, which would have brought the score to deuce. Ben Rothenberg, New York Times, 8 Sep. 2016 See More

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First Known Use of deuce


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)


1919, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for deuce


Middle English dewes, from Anglo-French deus two, from Latin duos, accusative masculine of duo two — more at two

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