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deuce

play
noun \ ˈdüs also ˈdyüs \

Definition of deuce

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 :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

Examples of deuce in a Sentence

  1. She beat her opponent after eight deuces.

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Origin and Etymology of deuce

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


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deuce

verb

Definition of deuce

deuced; deucing
transitive verb
:to bring the score of (a tennis game or set) to deuce

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First Known Use of deuce

1919



DEUCE Defined for English Language Learners

deuce

play
noun

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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