from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as thirteen, 3.
  • n. The thirteenth one of any number of things; specifically, in whist, the last card of a suit left in the hands of a player after the other twelve have been played.


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  • And when, at the last, holding only a thirteener and a fork in Clubs, he led the losing card of the latter, she could endure the agony no longer.

    In Her Own Right

  • Said McHale of The Sphere, who, having been stuck with the queen of spades -- that most unlucky thirteener -- twice in succession, was retiring on his losses, to Mallory of The Ledger who had just come in:

    Success A Novel

  • I was a thirteener, and must, whether or no, go over to the next column, like the odd figure you carry along when you do a sum in addition.

    Redburn. His First Voyage

  • Sir, says I, his lordship is one of the flinty-hearted ones, and devil a thirteener will he forgive you -- but, my lord, it will utterly ruin sir Rowland to replace it.

    The Mirror of Taste, and Dramatic Censor Vol I, No. 2, February 1810

  • 'But now that he was in luck, he would as soon play for a hundred guineas as for a thirteener.'

    Anna St. Ives

  • Nevertheless, forasmuch as by such occupancy an ill-tempered sarcasm might charge it with conceit; know then that my humbler meaning here is to put it lowest and last, even in the place of wooden-spoon; for this also (being mindful of the twelve apostle-spoons from old time antecedent) is a legitimate thirteener: and so, while in extricating my muse from the folly of serenading a non-existent king, I have candidly avowed the general selfishness of printing, believe that, in this avowal, I take the lowest seat, so well befitting one of whom it may ungraciously be asked, Where do fools buy their logic?

    The Complete Prose Works of Martin Farquhar Tupper


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