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Etymology 1[edit]

Middle English dewes ‎(two), from Anglo-Norman, from Old French deus, from Latin duo.



deuce ‎(plural deuces)

  1. (card games) A card with two spots, one of four in a standard deck of playing cards.
  2. (dice games) A side of a die with two spots.
  3. (dice games) A cast of dice totalling two.
  4. The number two.
  5. (tennis) A tie, both players have the same number of points and one can win by scoring two consecutive points.
  6. (baseball) A curveball
  7. A '32 Ford.[1]
  8. (in the plural) 2-barrel (twin-choke) carburetors (in the phrase 3 deuces: an arrangement on a common intake manifold).
  9. (restaurants) A table seating two diners.
  10. (slang) Excrement.
See also[edit]
Playing cards in English · playing cards (layout · text)
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ace deuce, two three four five six seven
47 Otto di picche.jpg 48 Nove di picche.jpg 49 Dieci di picche.jpg 50 J di picche.jpg 51 Q di picche.jpg 52 K di picche.jpg Jolly Nero.jpg
eight nine ten jack queen king joker
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Etymology 2[edit]

Compare Late Latin dusius ‎(phantom, specter); Scottish Gaelic taibhs, taibhse ‎(apparition, ghost); or from Old French deus ‎(God), from Latin deus (compare deity.)



deuce ‎(plural deuces)

  1. (epithet) The Devil, used in exclamations of confusion or anger
    Love is a bodily infirmity . . . which breaks out the deuce knows how or why (Thackeray)


  1. ^ Geisert, Eric. "The California Spyder", in Street Rodder, 8/99, p.34; Mayall, Joe. "Driving Impression: Reproduction Deuce Hiboy", in Rod Action, 2/78, p.26.