pair royal

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pair royal (plural pairs royal)

  1. (card games) three of a kind in certain card games.
    Synonym: prial
    • 1979, David Parlett, The Penguin Book of Card Games (paperback), Penguin Books, →ISBN, page 343:
      Given a choice of pairing or making fifteen with the previously played card, prefer to peg 2 for the fifteen rather than make the pair and perhaps give your opponent a pair royal.