Meaning of manille in English:


Pronunciation /məˈnɪl/


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


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.