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  • noun A trick-taking card game using a 32 card deck.


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From French belote.


  • One of the belote players remembered that the last time he came in was on Monday.

    Maigret and the Saturday Caller

  • There was one table of belote players — the butcher, the grocer, the proprietor, and a man who had his back to me.

    Maigret and the Killer

  • He had found them playing a three-handed game of belote with Madame Guillot, and they had followed him without demur.

    Maigret and the Bum

  • On the other hand, near the front window, there were some belote-players and Maigret sat down not far from them.

    Maigret's Little Joke

  • Maigret paid for his drinks, nodded vaguely at the belote-players, and went out, his hands in his pockets.

    Maigret's Little Joke

  • The belote-player could hardly suspect that he was addressing a man who had had to take under his wing every drama there had been in Paris during thirty years.

    Maigret's Little Joke

  • Then he would go home and resume his regular habits, going out only in the evenings, for a game of belote, to a rather ill-famed bar on Avenue des Ternes, where, because he worked alone and never talked about his exploits, he was regarded with a mixture of respect and distrust.

    Maigret and the Reluctant Witness

  • Later, Monsieur Dandurand had taken a step up the ladder and become acquainted with the landlords, whom he would join in a game of belote in the evenings in some bar in Montmartre.

    Maigret and the Spinster

  • A child was in process of being born somewhere or other, little dreaming that the fees for his delivery would be paid by a small band of gentlemen whose fingers were adorned with flashy rings … And they, for their part, were no doubt engaged, at this hour, in the complexities of a game of belote at Chez Albert on Rue Blanche.

    Maigret and the Spinster

  • A game of belote was in progress at a table near the bar.

    Maigret and the Spinster


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