Meaning of manille in English:

manille

Pronunciation /məˈnɪl/

noun

  • (in the card games ombre and quadrille) the second-best trump or honour.

Origin

Late 17th century from French (perhaps influenced by main ‘hand’), from malille (also used as a term in card games), from Spanish malilla, diminutive of mala feminine of malo ‘bad’. Although ‘bad’ because of its low value, the card acquires power when its suit is trumps.