pi·​noch·​le | \ ˈpē-ˌnə-kəl How to pronounce pinochle (audio) \

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

Examples of pinochle in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The two men, both pinochle players, became close friends. Frederick N. Rasmussen,, 10 Sep. 2021 There’s bridge, pinochle, go fish, and even solitaire. Chris Hachey, BGR, 28 Apr. 2021 There were Helen and Bill, my parents' regular pinochle opponents; Maurice and Thelma, who commuted to college and later taught school with my mother; and Mary, whose husband died before her daughter, my best friend Kathy, was born. Debra Hale-shelton, Arkansas Online, 16 Aug. 2020 The main reason was because my father’s friend Joe worked for Isaac Gellis and, occasionally, on Tuesday nights when my dad and his cronies had their weekly pinochle game, Joe would show up with a free salami for each of them. Ronnie Fein,, 13 Nov. 2019 Rose was an avid reader and enjoyed a good game of pinochle., 21 Aug. 2019 Remember that classic campfire ditty, The worms crawl in the worms crawl out/the worms play pinochle on your snout? Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 11 Aug. 2019 In the easternmost tent, Paul Benoit and Scott Sandford are playing pinochle. Barry Lopez, Harper's magazine, 10 Jan. 2019 The Prius driver, Robert Hassan, was a 76-year-old retired physician and Air Force colonel driving home after playing pinochle with friends, according to his brother. Sara Jean Green, The Seattle Times, 31 Mar. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of pinochle

1864, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pinochle

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

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The first known use of pinochle was in 1864

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“Pinochle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jun. 2022.

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