Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A card game similar to pinochle that is played with a deck of 64 cards.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A trick-taking card game for two players.
  • n. The act of taking certain cards in this game: the queen of spades and jack of diamonds, or (if either of those suits is trumps) the queen of clubs and jack of hearts.

Etymologies

French bésigue, possibly from Italian bazzica, a kind of card game.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • In bezique there was no requirement to follow suit in this early part of the game; face value was all that mattered.

    City of Glory

  • Then Joyful trumped the king of spades with the seven of diamonds and said quietly, “I declare a double bezique.”

    City of Glory

  • The night they played bezique, when Delight so openly invited Joyful to her bed and he equally openly refused, Blakeman would have known about that.

    City of Glory

  • “Agnes, Gornt Blakeman, the man I played bezique with a few nights past, the one who—”

    City of Glory

  • She knew that bezique was a game of cards — or a game of something else.

    Main Street

  • But no sooner had she gone, than he rang for Mrs Bolton, and asked her to take a hand at piquet or bezique, or even chess.

    Lady Chatterley's Lover

  • Mother and I — Lady Doak, I should say, we usually play a hand of bezique and go to bed at ten.

    Babbit

  • Every morning after breakfast, Julien would play several games of bezique with his wife, smoking and sipping brandy as he played.

    Une Vie

  • He had curtly refused a game of bezique; so Rogers had produced a pack of cards from his own pocket — soiled, frayed cards, which had likely done service on many a similar occasion — and was whiling the time away with solitaire.

    Australia Felix

  • The older, her bezique cards and counters, her Skye terrier, her suppositious wealth, her lapses of responsiveness and incipient catarrhal deafness: the younger, her lamp of colza oil before the statue of the Immaculate Conception, her green and maroon brushes for Charles Stewart Parnell and for Michael Davitt, her tissue papers.

    Ulysses

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