Card Games

Card games in French
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Jeux de cartes

A deck of cards offers the opportunity to play a variety of games and maybe even practice your French. Here’s some vocabulary that can help.

Cards Cartes
deck of cards un jeu de cartes
un paquet de cartes
playing card une carte à jouer
suit une enseigne
clubs les trèfles
diamonds les carreaux
hearts les cÅ“urs
spades les piques
face card une figure
un habillé
un honneur
une tête
king un Roi
queen une Dame
jack un Valet
ace un As
joker un joker
wild card un joker

 Note that when naming a card, the suit is singular in French but plural in English.

Par exemple …

le Roi de cÅ“ur the king of hearts
l’As de pique the ace of spades

 Number cards (as opposed to face cards, above) are simply the French number.

le deux de carreau the two of diamonds
le neuf de trèfle the nine of clubs
a game of cards une partie de cartes
ante la première mise
bid une demande
une annonce
dealer le donneur
la donneuse
flush une couleur
four of a kind un carré
full house une main pleine
un Full
hand une main
high card la carte la plus haute
pair une paire
player le joueur
la joueuse
three of a kind un brelan
straight une quinte
une séquence
une suite
straight flush une quinte flush
trump un atout

Par exemple …

un brelan de Rois three kings
un carré de trois four threes
un Full aux Valets par les quatre full house, jacks over fours
Verbs Verbes
to ante miser
augmenter la mise
to bet parier
to bid demander
to bluff bluffer
to call appeler
to deal distribuer
donner
to discard se défausser
to draw tirer
to fold abandonner
to lose perdre
to pass passer
to play jouer à
to win gagner

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