Meaning of auction pinochle

auc'tion pi"nochle

Pronunciation: [key]
  1. a variety of pinochle for three to five players in which, for every hand, there are three active players, each dealt 15 cards, with the highest bidder winning the contract and playing against the other two active opponents.
  2. pinochle in which players bid to name trump.
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