pinochle

play
noun pi·noch·le \ˈpē-ˌnə-kəl\

Definition of pinochle

  1. :  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

Recent Examples of pinochle from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'pinochle'. Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

Origin and Etymology of pinochle

modification of German dialect Binokel, a game resembling bezique, from French dialect binocle


First Known Use: 1864


PINOCHLE Defined for English Language Learners

pinochle

play
noun

Definition of pinochle for English Language Learners

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


Learn More about pinochle


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up pinochle? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

a lively discussion

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

  • istock-refers-to-this-as-a-tumble-of-strawberries-which-sounded-pretty-nice-to-us
  • Which is a synonym of garner?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!