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deuce

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noun \ˈdüs also ˈdyüs\

Definition of deuce

  1. 1 a (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. 2 :  a tie in tennis after each side has scored 40 requiring two consecutive points by one side to win

  3. 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>

Examples of deuce in a sentence

  1. She beat her opponent after eight deuces.

Origin and Etymology of deuce

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


First Known Use: 15th century


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deuce

verb

Definition of deuce

deuced

deucing

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to bring the score of (a tennis game or set) to deuce

1919

First Known Use of deuce

1919



DEUCE Defined for English Language Learners

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deuce

play
noun \ˈdüs also ˈdyüs\

Definition of deuce for English Language Learners

  • : a playing card that has the number two on it or two symbols on it

  • tennis : a situation in which each side has a score of 40

  • —used to make a question or statement more forceful


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