Definitions

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  • n. The four aces, kings, queens, jacks, or tens, in the game of piquet, any of these counting as fourteen points.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The four aces, kings, queens, knaves, or tens, in the game of piquet; -- so called because quatorze counts as fourteen points.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In the game of piquet, the four aces, kings, queens, knaves, or tens: so called because such a group of four, in the hand that holds the highest, counts fourteen points.

Etymologies

Borrowing from French. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Petite danseuse de quatorze ans bronze with muslin skirt and satin hair ribbon with wooden base

    The Fall Art Auctions

  • By the time I got to quince, I went to French, because I could count up to quatorze in French.

    Haunted Honeymoon

  • Perhaps on quatorze juillet New Orleans should celebrate by storming the D. A.'s office and removing Eddie Jordan.

    Archive 2007-07-01

  • Sotheby's nevertheless got the strongest price of these London sales when it sold Edgar Degas 'bronze statue an impish ballerina, "Petite danseuse de quatorze ans," to an Asian telephone bidder for $19 million, over its $17 million high estimate.

    Case of the Blues for London Auctions

  • The top lot of the week was Edgar Degas 'iconic bronze sculpture "Petite danseuse de quatorze ans," which fetched £13.3 million at Sotheby's (estimate: £9 million-£12 million) -- an auction record for a sculpture by Degas.

    Art-World Jitters Ahead of Contemporary Auctions

  • Sotheby's nevertheless got the strongest price of these London sales when it sold Edgar Degas 'bronze statue of an impish ballerina, "Petite danseuse de quatorze ans," to an Asian telephone bidder for $19 million, over its $17 million high estimate.

    Slim Sales for the London Auctions

  • Edgar Degas's iconic bronze sculpture "Petite danseuse de quatorze ans," depicting a teenage ballet dancer, is estimated at £9 million-£12 million.

    London Sales Are Year's First Test

  • A translation that missed the boat/Pourquoi chercher midi à quatorze heures ?

    Archive 2008-03-01

  • Translator's Musings: A translation that missed the boat/Pourquoi chercher midi à quatorze heures ?

    A translation that missed the boat/Pourquoi chercher midi à quatorze heures ?

  • Likewise, there is great variation in the nature of ordinary, lived experience -- for middle-class French families celebrating quatorze Juillet, for Californians celebrating July 4, and for Brazilians enjoying Dia da Independência on September 7.

    Archive 2008-07-01

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