AskDefine | Define ace

Dictionary Definition

ace adj : of the highest quality; "an ace reporter"; "a crack shot"; "a first-rate golfer"; "a super party"; "played top-notch tennis"; "an athlete in tiptop condition"; "she is absolutely tops" [syn: A-one, crack, first-rate, super, tiptop, topnotch, tops(p)]


1 the smallest whole number or a numeral representing this number; "he has the one but will need a two and three to go with it"; "they had lunch at one" [syn: one, 1, I, single, unity]
2 one of four playing cards in a deck having a single pip on its face
3 someone who is dazzlingly skilled in any field [syn: adept, champion, sensation, maven, mavin, virtuoso, genius, hotshot, star, superstar, whiz, whizz, wizard, wiz]
4 a major strategic headquarters of NATO; safeguards an are extending from Norway to Turkey [syn: Allied Command Europe]
5 a serve that the receiver is unable to reach


1 succeed at easily; "She sailed through her exams"; "You will pass with flying colors"; "She nailed her astrophysics course" [syn: breeze through, pass with flying colors, sweep through, sail through, nail]
2 score an ace against; "He aced his opponents"
3 play (a hole) in one stroke
4 serve an ace against (someone)

User Contributed Dictionary



as, as, from as, assis, unity, copper coin, the unit of coinage. Compare as


  • , /eɪs/, /eIs/
    Rhymes with: -eɪs


  1. A unit; a single point or spot on a card or die; the card or die face so marked.
    the ace of diamonds
  2. A very small quantity or degree; a particle; an atom; a jot.
    • I'll not wag an ace further. - Dryden
  3. A serve made without the opponent hitting the ball.
  4. An expert at something.
  5. The best pitcher on the team
  6. A hole in one.


card with a single spot
  • Czech: eso
  • Dutch: aas
  • Finnish: ässä
  • French: as
  • German: As
  • Hebrew: אס
  • Hungarian: ász
  • Italian: asso
  • Japanese: エース (ēsu) (1)
  • Kurdish: ئاس
  • Maltese: ass
  • Portuguese: ás
  • Russian: туз (tuz)
  • Spanish: as
  • Swedish: ess, äss
  • West Frisian: aas
die face with a single spot
  • French: as
very small quantity or degree
See jot, iota
point scored in tennis without the opponent hitting the ball
  • Czech: eso
  • Finnish: ässä
  • French: as
  • German: Ass
  • Hungarian: ász
  • Italian: asso
  • Japanese: エース (ēsu) (1)
  • Lithuanian: asas, asė
  • Portuguese: ás
  • Russian: ас (as)
  • Swedish: äss


  1. To pass (a test, interviews etc) perfectly.

Derived terms


  1. Extremely good, excellent.

Extensive Definition

''This article is about the playing card. For alternate uses of the word see Ace (disambiguation).
The word "ace" comes from the Old French word 'as' (from Latin 'as') meaning 'a unit', from the name of a small Roman coin. It originally meant the side of a die with only one mark, before it was a term for a playing card. Since this was the lowest roll of the die, it traditionally meant 'bad luck' in Middle English, but as the ace is often the highest playing card, its meaning has changed to mean 'high-quality, excellence'.
An ace is a playing card. In the standard 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, which also often bears the name or emblem of the deck's printer. In most card games, aces have the highest value of all cards in a suit; in some, they have the lowest value, commonly representing a one. Many games, such as poker and blackjack, allow the player to choose whether the ace is used as a high or low card. When aces are high, spades are occasionally deemed to be trump cards, meaning that if it came down to a tie, the ace of spades would naturally win.
The word has been adopted in slang to refer to victory, or as a general adjective for describing something as good ("this is ace!"). In tennis, the act of winning a ball from the serve such that the opponent doesn't get a single shot is referred to as an ace. It can also be used to refer to a person who is exceptionally talented in a sport, such as "Portugal and Manchester United ace Christiano Ronaldo"
The folk tradition of "ace high" comes from the French Revolution where the lowest number card (the one or ace) was changed to the highest card in the deck to represent the victory of the common man over King Louis XVI.
In French decks, the ace commonly has "1"'s in the corners instead of the letter "A".

Example cards

ace in Bulgarian: Асо
ace in Danish: Es
ace in German: Ass (Spielkarte)
ace in Esperanto: Aso
ace in French: As (carte à jouer)
ace in Italian: Asso (carte)
ace in Hebrew: אס (קלף)
ace in Dutch: Aas (kaartspel)
ace in Norwegian: Ess (kortspill)
ace in Polish: As (karta)
ace in Portuguese: Ás
ace in Russian: Туз
ace in Swedish: Ess (spelkort)
ace in Ukrainian: Туз (карта)

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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