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1[mass noun] A trick-taking card game for two, played with a double pack of 64 cards, including the seven to ace only in each suit.
- ‘Grandmother spent her afternoons with other local ladies, mostly of her age, smoking cigarettes and playing bezique.’
- ‘Lord Paulyn insisted upon playing bezique in a remote corner with Elizabeth, leaving Diana and Hilda to languish in solitude on one of the Grecian couches.’
- ‘Bezique in its original version was soon taken up by the UK and became an extremely popular game in the mid-Nineteenth Century.’
- ‘Ana called, ‘I was just asking Alexei if he wanted to play bezique.’’
- ‘In the United States the most popular form is the two-handed game, known as rubicon bezique, in which four 32-card packs are shuffled together.’
- 1.1 The holding of the queen of spades and the jack of diamonds in bezique.
- ‘In like manner, a card which has once figured in "Bezique" cannot be used to form part of a second Bezique, though it may be used to score Double Bezique.’
- ‘This same Queen cannot be paired with a different Jack, but can be used for a Double Bezique with its original partner.’
- ‘Bezique is the queen of spades and knave of diamonds, for which the holder scores 40 points.’
- ‘A double bezique scores 500 only if all four cards are declared together.’
- ‘The Queen of spades and the Jack of diamonds is the bezique. Simple bezique values in 40 points. Double bezique values in 500 points.’
Mid 19th century: from French bésigue, perhaps from Persian bāzīgar juggler or bāzī game.
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