Definition of spade noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//speɪd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//speɪd//
    Card games, Gardening
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  1. 1 [countable] a garden tool with a broad metal blade and a long handle, used for digging Turn the soil over with a spade. (British English) The children took their buckets and spades to the beach. compare shovel See related entries: Gardening
  2. 2 spades [plural, uncountable] one of the four sets of cards (called suits ) in a pack / deck of cards. The cards have a black design shaped like pointed leaves with short stems the five/queen/ace of spades See related entries: Card games
  3. 3 [countable] a card from the set of spades You must play a spade if you have one.
  4. 4[countable] (taboo, slang) an offensive word for a black person
  5. Word Originsense 1 Old English spadu, spada, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch spade, German Spaten, also to Greek spathē ‘blade, paddle’.senses 2 to 3 late 16th cent.: from Italian spade, plural of spada ‘sword’, via Latin from Greek spathē.Extra examples I believe in calling a spade a spade. There was a garden spade in the shed. children playing in the sand with their buckets and spadesIdioms to say exactly what you think without trying to hide your opinion (informal) in large amounts or to a great degree He'd got his revenge now, and in spades.
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