Definition of pinochle in US English:

pinochle

noun

  • 1A card game for two or more players using a 48-card deck consisting of two of each card from nine to ace, the object being to score points for various combinations and to win tricks.

    • ‘We play pinochle and talk about what's going on in the world.’
    • ‘In summary, no longer does leisure-time enjoyment for the older crowd end with the final hand of pinochle or the last bingo card.’
    • ‘Points are counted as in normal pinochle to determine if the bidder ‘made’ his bid (one point for each ace, ten and king; one for the last trick: total 25).’
    • ‘I believe that anyone who plays sports in any realm, whether you're playing soccer, football, basketball, pinochle or bridge, if you're going to go do it, you go to win.’
    • ‘The men played loud games of cutthroat euchre or pinochle under the trees while the women luxuriated by doing nothing.’
    • ‘Even if his relationship with Bryant is repaired, even if they play pinochle and go bowling together on their off-nights, the Lakers simply are not good enough to compete for a championship.’
    • ‘He loved politics, pinochle, and horses, my mother used to say, plus his family.’
    • ‘I strayed instead into the less elegant world of pinochle, an addiction that almost caused me to flunk out of college.’
    • ‘Retiring on a diet of golf and pinochle may be relaxing, but the body, mind and soul crave more.’
    • ‘To the pedestrians passing by, it looks as if we're playing pinochle.’
    • ‘The two sisters played pinochle, drank coffee, ate junk food, and lived in their housecoats.’
    • ‘Many books give a lower score of 45 for triple pinochle but a higher score of 300 for quadruple pinochle.’
    • ‘So I got good at them all - bridge, checkers, pinochle, you name it.’
    • ‘It would open up a can of worms to make the previous strike talks look like pinochle.’
    • ‘On the platform was a small table, and the rabbi, the president, the shames and a trosti were sitting there playing a noisy, heated game of pinochle.’
    • ‘Lisa taught Joscelyn, Alex, and Lydia to play pinochle and poker (for bobby pins or leaves).’
    • ‘Free Canasis.com is an online pinochle site that offers the most variations of pinochle including both single deck and double deck styles, both the old and new rules.’
    1. 1.1 The combination of queen of spades and jack of diamonds in this game.
      • ‘A double combination is one that contains two copies of each card and a double pinochle is two spade queens and two diamond jacks.’
      • ‘Pinochle is the combination of a Jack of Diamonds and a Queen of Spades, from which the game gets its name.’

Origin

Mid 19th century: of unknown origin.

Pronunciation