Definition of bezique in US English:



  • 1A trick-taking card game for two, played with a double pack of 64 cards, including the seven to ace only in each suit.

    • ‘Ana called, ‘I was just asking Alexei if he wanted to play bezique.’’
    • ‘Bezique in its original version was soon taken up by the UK and became an extremely popular game in the mid-Nineteenth Century.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Grandmother spent her afternoons with other local ladies, mostly of her age, smoking cigarettes and playing bezique.’
    1. 1.1 The holding of the queen of spades and the jack of diamonds in this game.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘This same Queen cannot be paired with a different Jack, but can be used for a Double Bezique with its original partner.’
      • ‘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.’


Mid 19th century: from French bésigue, perhaps from Persian bāzīgar ‘juggler’ or bāzī ‘game’.