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 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, "OPINION | DEBRA HALE-SHELTON: Our innocence, interrupted by fear," 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,, "It’s time to bring back salami and eggs," 13 Nov. 2019 Rose was an avid reader and enjoyed a good game of pinochle., "Rose A. Krupa," 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, "Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark," 11 Aug. 2019 In the easternmost tent, Paul Benoit and Scott Sandford are playing pinochle. Barry Lopez, Harper's magazine, "Polar Light," 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, "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

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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 8 Mar. 2021.

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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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