Definition of piquet in English:


(also picquet)


  • A trick-taking card game for two players, using a 32-card deck consisting of cards from the seven to the ace.

    • ‘Right all, we need to organise piquet tonight.’
    • ‘In spite of three hip replacements, Adams manages to visit his local pub to play piquet most evenings and continues to write.’
    • ‘By the fireplace, Protheroe, now dressed in sober grey, sat on a sofa playing piquet with an elderly gentleman.’
    • ‘So instead, we played bridge and piquet the whole morning.’
    • ‘The boy has won a hand of piquet, and the spinster has noticed that he has difficulty enjoying triumphs.’
    • ‘Together with Chekhov, they played piquet, frequented the Taverne Gothique for oysters, or the Casino Municipal for entertainment.’


Mid 17th century: from French, of unknown origin.