From Middle English cink, from Middle French cinq, from Latin quīnque. The archaic spelling cinq is taken from modern French cinq, whereas the standard spelling is perhaps influenced by Italian cinque or a misspelling of the French. The pronunciation /sæŋk/ is also based on a hypercorrect approximation of the French pronunciation. Doublet of five, punch, pimp, and Pompeii.
- (UK, US) IPA(key): /sɪŋk/
- (UK, US) IPA(key): /sæŋk/
- Rhymes: -ɪŋk, -æŋk
cinque (plural cinques)
- (dice games, card games, dominoes) A card, die, or domino with five spots or pips.
- 1775, “a Connoisseur”, “Containing an Account of the Game of Back-gammon, with the most approved Method of playing at it, and the Rules of the Game. Together with the Artifices and Legerdemains that are frequently practised at it.”, in Annals of Gaming; or, The Fair Player’s Sure Guide. Containing Original Treatises on the following Games. […], London: […] G. Allen, […], pages 181–182:
- Accordingly the firſt beſt throw upon the dice is eſteemed aces, as it ſtops the ſix point in the outer table, and ſecures the cinque in your own, whereby your adverſary's two men upon your ace point cannot get out with either quatre, cinq, or ſix.
- 1775, “Introduction to the Game of Back-Gammon; With the most approved Method of playing at it”, in Charles Jones, editor, Hoyle’s Games Improved. Being Practical Treatises on the following Fashionable Games, […], London: […] J. Rivington and J. Wilkie, […], page 170:
- The firſt beſt Throw upon the Dice is eſteemed Aces, as it ſtops the Six-Point in the outer Table, and ſecures the Cinque in your own, whereby your Adverſary’s two Men upon your Ace-Point cannot get out with either Quatre, Cinque, or Six.
- → Japanese: シンク (shinku)
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|Cardinal : cinque|
- “cinque, cinqui” in INFCOR: Banca di dati di a lingua corsa
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| Cardinal : cinque|
Ordinal : quinto
Multiplier : quintuplo
Fractional : quinto
cinque m (invariable)
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