Synonyms for ace

Grammar : Adj, noun
Spell : eys
Phonetic Transcription : eɪs

Top 10 synonyms for ace Other synonyms for the word ace

Définition of ace

Origin :
  • c.1300, "one at dice," from Old French as "one at dice," from Latin as "a unit, one, a whole, unity;" also the name of a small Roman coin ("originally one pound of copper; reduced by depreciation to half an ounce" [Lewis]), perhaps originally Etruscan and related to Greek eis "one" (from PIE *sem- "one, as one"), or directly from the Greek word.
  • In English, it meant the side of the die with only one mark before it meant the playing card with one pip (1530s). Because this was the lowest roll at dice, ace was used metaphorically in Middle English for "bad luck" or "something of no value;" but as the ace is often the highest playing card, the extended senses based on "excellence, good quality" arose 18c. as card-playing became popular. Ace in the hole in the figurative sense of "concealed advantage" is attested from 1904, from crooked stud poker deals.
  • Meaning "outstanding pilot" dates from 1917 (technically, in World War I aviators' jargon, one who has brought down 10 enemy planes, though originally in reference to 5 shot down), from French l'ace (1915), which, according to Bruce Robertson (ed.) "Air Aces of the 1914-1918 War" was used in prewar French sporting publications for "top of the deck" boxers, cyclists, etc. Sports meaning of "point scored" (1819) led to that of "unreturnable serve" (1889).
  • adj exhibiting expertise in some activity
  • noun expert in some activity
Example sentences :
  • And I was within an ace of becoming an ornament of the British peerage.
  • Extract from : « The Bacillus of Beauty » by Harriet Stark
  • If she had the ace of trumps in her hand at whist, she wouldn't say anything, child.
  • Extract from : « Little Dorrit » by Charles Dickens
  • Colonel Chinn, you have overlooked that small wager on the ace.
  • Extract from : « Southern Lights and Shadows » by Various
  • I took, as I remember now, an ace of hearts off the table and threw it into the air.
  • Extract from : « A Hero of Our Time » by M. Y. Lermontov
  • And, besides, I might very well have won, for I still had an ace left.'
  • Extract from : « Abbe Mouret's Transgression » by Emile Zola
  • I was within an ace of succeeding, yet he avoided me, and doubled back.
  • Extract from : « Bardelys the Magnificent » by Rafael Sabatini
  • His thin lips tightened; the sternness of his ace increased.
  • Extract from : « The Snare » by Rafael Sabatini
  • I looked into his smug face, and I was within an ace of striking him.
  • Extract from : « The Historical Nights' Entertainment » by Rafael Sabatini
  • He had been within an ace of abandoning his historical mission.
  • Extract from : « Dreamers of the Ghetto » by I. Zangwill
  • Four cards more, and still no ace; I had only eight cards left.
  • Extract from : « The Memoires of Casanova, Complete » by Jacques Casanova de Seingalt

Antonyms for ace

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