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Ace

An ace is a playing card. In the standard French deck, an ace has a single suit symbol (a heart, diamond, spade, or club) located in the middle of the card, sometimes large and decorated, especially in the case of the Ace of Spades. This embellishment on the Ace of Spades started when King James VI of Scotland and I of England required an insignia of the printing house to be printed on the Ace of Spades. This insignia was necessary for identifying the printing house and stamping it as having paid the new tax. Although this requirement was abolished in 1960, the tradition has been kept by many card makers.

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Ace-high Origin
... The folk tradition of "ace high" existed in some games as of the late 15th century, for example Three-card brag, a precursor to modern forms of Poker ... The use of the ace as the highest card in the French deck gained more widespread acceptance as a result of the French Revolution ... Examples of the ace being a high card include the game Hearts ...

More definitions of "ace":

  • (verb): Serve an ace against (someone).
  • (noun): A serve that the receiver is unable to reach.
  • (verb): Play (a hole) in one stroke.
  • (noun): A major strategic headquarters of NATO; safeguards an are extending from Norway to Turkey.
    Synonyms: Allied Command Europe
  • (noun): One of four playing cards in a deck having a single pip on its face.
  • (verb): Score an ace against.
    Example: "He aced his opponents"
  • (noun): The smallest whole number or a numeral representing this number.
    Synonyms: one, 1, I, single, unity

Famous quotes containing the word ace:

    I do not object to Gladstone’s always having the ace of trumps up his sleeve, but only to his pretence that God had put it there.
    Henry Labouchere (1831–1912)