from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A dart; a quarrel.
  • n. An old French game, similar to bowls.
  • n. A square of glass, especially a small one, used in ornamental glazing.
  • n. A kind of cushion upon which lace is made. It has the front part lower than the back and holds from 6 to 28 pairs of small spools or spindles, the lace as it is made being wound on a cylinder.


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  • This entry has a couple of striking omissions. One is an etymology, although one can be obtained readily elsewhere. Clearly the nearest progenitor of "carreau" is the French "carrė," for "square." The other is illustrated in the usage examples but not made explicit among the definitions: "Carreau" is the diamond suit in a deck of cards.

    Clubs promise nothing but sorrow

    And spades only hope for tomorrow.

    She scorns fainting hearts

    And marshals her darts.

    Her goal is to gather the carreaux.

    March 18, 2014