Definition of Face card

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

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

Definition of Face card

1. Noun. (cards) A playing card which has a picture on it (usually Jack, Queen or King, but can include Ace or Joker). ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Face Card

face angle
face blindness
face card (current term)
face cards
face cloth
face cream
face down
face for radio
face form
face fungus
face guard
face lift
face lifting
face like a bag of spanners
face man
face mask

Literary usage of Face card

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

1. The Monist by Hegeler Institute (1908)
"... which we may briefly express by saying that the dealing into S piles with the subsequent cutting that brings the face card back to its place, ..."

2. The Young Folk's Cyclopædia of Games and Sports by John Denison Champlin, Arthur Elmore Bostwick (1890)
"The one at the left of the dealer then plays his cards, in the middle of the table, one by one, as they come, till he throws out a face card or an Ace. ..."

3. The Social Case History: Its Construction and Content by Mrs Ada Eliot Sheffield (1920)
"This cannot all be put on a face card or be included in statistics. ... Of course this means that some of the facts on a face card or on any such hard and ..."

4. Whist of To-day: In Two Parts. Part 1.--For the Beginner ... Part 2.--For by Milton Cooper Work (1896)
"(b) When the change of suit sacrifices in the partner's hand a face card that would ... The Lead of a face card of a Long Plain Suit and then a Singleton. ..."

5. Fagots for the Fireside: A Collection of More Than One Hundred Entertaining by Lucretia Peabody Hale (1888)
"Discard all the cards till you reach a face-card, or honor. (Ten counts as an honor.) Leave the pile face up. Treat the next pile in the same way, ..."

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