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

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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, "Seattle man charged in Lake City shootings says he was drunk, doesn’t recall rampage, police say," 31 Mar. 2019 He and his wife enjoyed playing pinochle, attending the theater and traveling. Jacques Kelly,, "George Barrick, teacher, portrait artist and founding member of the Arena Players, dies," 27 Apr. 2018 In pinochle, holding trump cards late in the game often leads to a win. David Sedaris, The New Yorker, "The Mail," 26 Mar. 2018 Richard enjoyed bird watching, boating, family lake parties, playing pinochle, landscaping and drives in his classic Corvette., "Harry Richard Clark," 20 Feb. 2018 Pat loved to dance, play pinochle, play bocce ball, play cards and enjoy special times with family and friends., "Deaths in South Florida: 10/6," 6 Oct. 2017 Unwelcome associations spring to mind of shuffleboard and pinochle, or a last grasp for a prize. Megan O’grady, New York Times, "What Does It Mean When an Artist Retires?," 6 Oct. 2017 Mr. Henry enjoyed attending jazz concerts and playing the card games bid whist and pinochle at the Willingboro Senior Center with his friend Mary Churchill. Bonnie L. Cook,, "William A. Henry Sr., 85, U.S. Army veteran and retired security officer," 24 Aug. 2017 Pinochle - Seniors are forming a pinochle club at the Jenkins Place Senior Center at 1 p.m. every other Wednesday. Joanne Berger Dumound/special To,, "Heritage Days adds community depth to its traditional festival: Olmsted Dates and Data," 26 May 2017

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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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English Language Learners Definition of pinochle

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

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