Definition of Court card

1. Noun. One of the twelve cards in a deck bearing a picture of a face.

Exact synonyms: Face Card, Picture Card
Specialized synonyms: Jack, Knave, King, Queen
Generic synonyms: Playing Card

Definition of Court card

1. Noun. (card games) The higher-value “face” cards in a deck of playing cards; in an ordinary 52-card deck, namely any one of the jacks (a.k.a. knaves), queens, or kings. ¹

2. Noun. (chiefly UK historical deltiology) A postcard measuring approximately 4·75? × 3·5?, in use mainly in the United Kingdom ''circa'' 1894–1902. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Court Card

court appearance
court appearances
court baron
court bouillon
court card (current term)
court cards
court costs
court customary
court favor
court favour
court fee
court fees
court game
court martial
court martialed
court martialing
court martialled
court martialling

Literary usage of Court card

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The American Journal of Psychology by Granville Stanley Hall, Edward Bradford Titchener (1900)
"A knife drawn along edge of each court card leaves a minute ridge perceptible to the ... Dropping a court card and two plain cards to tell the court card. ..."

2. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and General by Thomas Spencer Baynes (1888)
"Two trumps and three cards of oue plain suit should not bo played unless the plain suit is headed by a court card. 2. One trump and a tierce major is too ..."

3. The Ontario Reports by Ontario, High Court of Justice (1884)
"But the defendants did not raise that objection while Oates was negociating with them for his Supreme court card, nor have they pleaded it. ..."

4. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature and (1910)
"The first player lays down his top card face up, and the opponent plays his top card on it, and this goes on alternately as long as no court-card appears; ..."

5. Modern Scientific Whist: The Principles of the Modern Game Analyzed and by C. D. P. Hamilton (1894)
"With queen or knave and one small card, B plays the court card and returns the small card, and can have no more. With any four small cards, ..."

6. The Young Folk's Cyclopædia of Games and Sports by John Denison Champlin, Arthur Elmore Bostwick (1899)
"If no court card has been played, he must play his lowest plain card, losing the trick. If he hold only plain cards, or only court cards, in any suit, ..."

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