Definitions

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

  • n. A card game for two people, played with a deck from which all cards below the seven, aces being high, are omitted.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A game at cards played between two persons, with thirty-two cards, all the deuces, threes, fours, fives, and sixes, being set aside.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. See picket.
  • n. A game at cards played between two persons, with thirty-two cards, all the deuces, threes, fours, fives, and sixes, being set aside.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Milit. See picket.
  • n. A game at cards played between two persons with thirty-two cards, all the deuces, threes, fours, fives, and sixes being set aside: players score for carte blanche, or a hand of only plain cards, point, or a hand with the strongest suit, sequence, quatorze, trio, and pique and repique.
  • n.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a form of military punishment used by the British in the late 17th century in which a soldier was forced to stand on one foot on a pointed stake
  • n. a card game for two players using a reduced pack of 32 cards

Etymologies

French.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French piquet. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • "Saucy Girl" From nine to ten thirty she played a game called piquet, which her father had taught her, if she could get anyone with whom to play; but as this was seldom, she played as a rule patience by herself.

    The Country House

  • From nine to ten thirty she played a game called piquet, which her father had taught her, if she could get anyone with whom to play; but as this was seldom, she played as a rule patience by herself.

    Complete Project Gutenberg John Galsworthy Works

  • To two of his Captains, Smith and Carline, a piquet was a smart group of men who stood to attention at the boundary of a camp and had no purpose other than to salute officers.

    Sharpe's Regiment

  • Back then, cards weren't mass-produced, so it's likely they're using a hand-painted 32-card deck called a "piquet".

    Another view Cézanne's The Card Players

  • A 'piquet' of 'gens d'armes', he said, was all that was necessary.

    The Memoirs of Napoleon

  • By the way, he inquired whether you played 'piquet' or 'bezique,' from which I infer that he is looking for an antagonist with ready money. "

    The King's Men A Tale of To-morrow

  • McMurtrey, with poorly concealed apprehension, followed as well as he could what went on at the piquet table.

    A GOBOTO NIGHT

  • If Babyface wants his cards back, he can play piquet for them.

    A Hellion in Her Bed

  • With a raise of his eyebrows, Platt sat down on the floor and sorted out the cards to make the thirty-two-card piquet deck.

    A Hellion in Her Bed

  • As with piquet, only the cleverest at deduction could win, and Jarret had the urge to win at this, too.

    A Hellion in Her Bed

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  • "'What do you say to a hand at piquet? It is years since we played.'"
    --Patrick O'Brian, The Thirteen Gun Salute, 274

    For more on this game (from the same book):

    "Happy in a sense, since he always, invariably, with the utmost regularity skinned Jack Aubrey, as he skinned most others at this game, and although the money was now of no significance, it was still a pleasure to see his point of five outdo Jack's by a single pip, his tierce major triumph over a tierce minor, and Jack's eagerly announced septième beaten down by the almost unheard-of huitième..."
    --Patrick O'Brian, The Thirteen Gun Salute, 274

    March 5, 2008