One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(in piquet) a set of four aces, kings, queens, jacks, or tens held in one hand.
- ‘Any quatorze beats any trio, and when comparing two quatorzes or two trios, the one with the higher ranked cards wins.’
- ‘Similarly, even if you pick up two kings or queens your quatorze is likely to be beaten by a quatorze of Aces.’
- ‘Similarly, the player with the better trio or quatorze can also score any other trios and quatorzes they hold, but the other player scores nothing for any trios or quatorzes.’
Early 18th century: French, literally ‘fourteen’, from Latin quattuordecim.
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