Spadille

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Spadille (Card Playing) The ace of spades in omber and quadrille.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n spadille In card-playing, the ace of spades at ombre and quadrille. In the following quotation spadille is personified as Spadillio.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Spadille spa-dil′ the ace of spades in the games of ombre and quadrille
    • Spadille Also Spadil′io
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., fr. Sp. espadilla, dim. of espada,. See Spade a card

Usage

In literature:

The ace of spades, or Spadille, was always the first trump; the ace of clubs (Basto) always the third.
"The Journal to Stella" by Jonathan Swift
In two hours Sir Asinus was sitting at spadille in the exceedingly undress costume of shirt, pantaloons, and silk stockings.
"The Youth of Jefferson" by Anonymous
Perhaps I shall hold Spadille every hand of the game.
"The Passionate Elopement" by Compton Mackenzie
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