Meaning of tierce

tierce

Pronunciation: (tērs), [key]
— n.
  1. an old measure of capacity equivalent to one third of a pipe, or 42 wine gallons.
  2. a cask or vessel holding this quantity.
  3. the third of the seven canonical hours, or the service for it, originally fixed for the third hour of the day (or 9 a.m.).
  4. the third of eight defensive positions.
  5. a sequence of three cards of the same suit, as an ace, king, and queenor a king, queen, and jack
  6. a third or third part.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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