Noun Ace Definition and Examples







A playing card with a single spot on it, ranked as the highest card in its suit in most card games.
  1. figurative 'life had started dealing him aces again'
  2. 'He picked up his cards, finding the ace of diamonds he tossed it on the pile.'
  3. 'One recent day, search crews found an ace of diamonds playing card, a doorknob, a pair of security guard pants, a woman's black wig and a pink toothbrush.'
  4. 'He flicked his wrist and an ace of spades appeared.'
  5. 'At the end of the following hand it is noted who held the ace of hearts at the end of the auction.'
  6. 'You look at the cards one at a time, and pile them face up on the ace of the same suit.'
  7. 'When the deck is unusually rich in face cards and aces, they bet more, and when the deck is relatively poor in these cards, they bet less.'
  8. 'The cards keep their usual ranks except for the ace which can be either the highest or lowest ranked card in a suit at the whim of the person playing it.'
  9. 'A normal 52-card deck with the aces removed.'
  10. 'Your opponent has only one card left and you know it is the ace of trumps.'
  11. 'I started with the queen of diamonds and spades, an ace of clubs, five of hearts and three of diamonds.'
A person who excels at a particular sport or other activity.
  1. 'The Canadian ace took charge of the ball before converting his fourth goal in five games.'
  2. 'She appeared alongside young aces in fields including sports and music and pop singing.'
  3. 'The Kiwi ace piled up 24 points with a try and 10 goals before being given a rest after an hour when it was 60-6.'
  4. 'Meanwhile, next up for the talented tennis ace is a trip to Florida where he has been invited to the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy.'
  5. 'Olympic champion Maurice Greene's status as the world's No 1 sprinter looks shakier than ever and a host of other top name American stars have struggled as Britain's track aces, led by Campbell, bloom.'
  6. 'Lane however had their own batting aces and the Park bowlers struggled as S Hargreaves made 69 and Oliver Halliday 53.'
  7. 'The in-form Canadian ace has made only one start this season, but he is top scorer with three goals - two of them coming in the last three games.'
  8. 'The Chorley ace starred alongside Olympic record holder Chris Hoy and Craig MacLean as the British team left Poland trailing by more than a second in the sprint final.'
  9. 'The motorcycle ace won a world title on the all-powerful Honda last year and then celebrated victory by signing for the all-powerless Yamaha.'
  10. 'But the government body funding the project, the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, hopes it might be the making of a new generation of homegrown tennis aces.'
  11. 'a Battle of Britain ace'
  12. 'Fleeting allusions to female fighter aces or the exploits of a night-bomber regiment known as the ‘Night Witches’ occasionally crop up.'
  13. 'Fogleman went on to credit the air supremacy of the F - 86 as a leading factor in the high number of Air Force aces from that war.'
  14. 'He became an ace 10 days before his 21st birthday, during the invasion of Sicily.'
  15. 'Added to this, Mint wanted to bring together Corsair pilots, aces, crewmen, and factory workers for a celebration of one of the world's most famous combat aircraft.'
  16. 'Bomber pilots that went on to become fighter aces during World War Two are fairly rare.'
  17. 'The 22-year-old pilot who had never flown a plane before his 18th birthday was about to begin his meteoric rise to the top of the Luftwaffe's list of living aces.'
  18. 'In all, sergeant pilots shot down almost 250 enemy aircraft, and 17 became fighter aces.'
  19. 'He traces the technological development of the fighter and its employment in combat, relying heavily on a chronological presentation of vignettes about famous aces and their machines.'
  20. 'This aspect of being an ace haunted him increasingly as his number of kills rose.'
  21. 'I had prepared for combat and was ready to become a fighter ace in Europe or the Pacific.'
(in tennis and similar games) a service that an opponent is unable to return and thus wins a point.
  1. 'He finished with 18 aces and 41 service winners, and won despite breaking serve just twice.'
  2. 'His final three aces came in his last service game.'
  3. 'The hardest server in the world, he compiled 13 aces in today's game but was broken once in each set, including at love to fall behind 5-4 in the second.'
  4. 'But he managed only one service winner and no aces in the final tiebreaker.'
  5. 'He finished three of his first four service games with an ace.'
  6. 'With the verbal equivalent of one of those ferocious aces he whacks past opponents, Andy Roddick has summed up life in just 18 words.'
  7. 'She got the match off to a lightning start, opening with a love service game including two aces.'
  8. 'She closed out with consecutive aces and a service winner.'
  9. 'The final game saw Carlow run into an early lead of eight aces, and were looking good.'
  10. '‘The good thing was that I was serving very well,’ said Aisam, after delivering a dozen aces in the final.'
  11. 'his hole in one at the 15th was Senior's second ace as a professional'
  12. 'Mike used a pitching wedge to hit a low, piercing drive into the 17th green for the ace.'
  13. 'Using her trusty seven wood, the ace came at the 143-yard eighth hole.'
  14. 'Not to be outdone, her brother, Sean, 14, made his own ace on the same hole during tournament play later that week.'
  15. 'He dropped in a 104-yard sand-wedge shot on the fourth hole for his second ace in less than an hour.'
  16. 'Her first hole-in-one gave the couple an ace on all four of the course's par 3s.'
  17. 'A search in the bushes failed as the ball had dropped in the hole for an ace.'
  18. 'He provided the highlight on Saturday with an ace at the par three 2nd hole, his second ace in five weeks!'
  19. 'It was the second ace for the 24-handicap player.'
  20. 'He opened the defense of his title with 14 aces in the first 16 holes.'
  21. 'The hole-in-one at No.9 was the first career ace for each.'


Very good.
  1. as exclamation 'Ace! You've done it!'
  2. 'I have repotted the coriander seedlings, which are still winning the prize for most vigorous specimens, and which have ace roots.'
  3. 'THE I-BAR sizzled with Salsa beats last weekend when ace Salsa dancers thrilled Bangalore's party circuit with the latest in Latino and Salsa rhythms.'
  4. 'Poet, publisher and ace volunteer discusses her literary loves.'
  5. 'But on July 3 2002, in the midst of recording their ace second album, he finally met the people who did.'
  6. 'Popov's career was given the nudge it needed when, at the age of 17, he met ace coach Touretsky in St Petersbourg.'
  7. 'The ace photographer has decided to go beyond his lens-work and has started a production house.'
  8. 'She brought me back lots of little ace presents from New York - including a copy of the Village Voice, whose personal ads I'll be settling down with later.'
  9. 'This route is punctuated by farms with ace brick barns; we passed more, some roofless, some heading that way, and joined the River Seven to take its low floodbank.'
  10. 'I just found out today that the man from Japan is coming to visit us over Christmas, this is ace news because we haven't seen him for a couple of years.'
  11. 'If gift articles have characteristics of ace craftsmanship, they also merit to be preserved as things of beauty.'


(in tennis and similar games) serve an ace against (an opponent)
  1. 'Carmen aced four serves with the remaining serves so strong, that the Dublin team could only send over a weak reply which was duly punished by fabulous hitting from Eimhinn, Gabrielle and Carlow's captain, Christine Harte.'
  2. 'And strong running serves have a better chance of acing the opposition, while a standing serve has less chance of netting.'
  3. 'Today Prakash, Vijay's 19-year-old son and Stephen, Anand's 18-year-old son are acing their way into the tennis circuit that is a lot tougher than the ones their fathers played in their days.'
  4. 'Harsh then punched out a return and set Carraz on the match point and the Frenchman aced his way to the final.'
  5. 'He got the message, gave Gracie and me a salute, and ran back to his game, serving the ball and acing it.'
  6. 'there was a prize for the first player to ace the hole'
  7. 'Using the same ball and the same club, he aced the 167 yard fifth hole at Slade Valley.'
  8. 'He recorded the highlight of the weekend by acing the par 3 15th hole.'
  9. 'Last Christmas Eve, father and son played Big Canyon in Newport Beach, Calif., and Tiger aced the third hole.'
  10. 'Toini Norman, 72, aced the par three 14th at Pelican Waters Golf Club on Australia s Sunshine Coast a few weeks ago.'
  11. 'Playing the Ironwood Course near Phoenix in June 1976, he aced the 8th hole, knocked in another at the 13 th and followed that with another ace at the next hole!'
  12. 'Playing her first full round of golf, with two friends and an adult in July, Smiley, 12, aced the 110-yard 11 th hole at Lomas Santa Fe Executive Course.'
  13. 'He aced the 226-yard eighth hole with a four-iron in a front nine of 29 that had him on course to break the magical 60 barrier.'
  14. 'The Forest of Galtres GC player notched his first hole in one when he aced the 170-yard par three 11 th hole at The Oaks using a four iron.'
  15. 'The 34-year-old former paratrooper aced the 16th hole and then birdied the last for a final round 68 and a two-stroke 14-under winning total.'
  16. 'The South African world number two, looking to lift the Claret Jug for the second time, was three under with eight holes to play after acing the par-three eighth.'
Achieve high marks in (a test or exam)
  1. 'Any studious teen can memorize the driver's ed guidebook to ace the written exam.'
  2. 'Umm, Marvin, a 700 combined score isn't really acing your SATs.'
  3. 'Gripping her bag for added support, she murmured softly, ‘It depends on what you call acing a subject.’'
  4. 'And anyway, my top priority now is acing my exams.'
  5. 'I never did anything in that class but I aced the final and finished the class with a D-. Does that count?'
  6. 'Sure, you know how to do things - like how to make new friends, ace an English test and get ready for soccer like a month before tryouts, just to name a few.'
  7. 'Expecting to ace a test you didn't study for isn't optimism-it's dreaming!'
  8. 'Why didn't I ace that test when I needed to keep my grades up if I want to get into college?'
  9. 'He resat his Leaving Certificate, aced his exams and restarted at UCD in 2002 as a medical student.'
  10. 'He aced the tests and was welcomed by the other officers.'
  11. 'the magazine won an award, acing out its rivals'
  12. 'If you want sellers to call you before they list with discounters, we have a brand new postcard marketing campaign that will make it much harder for discounters to ace you out of the listing.'
  13. 'How can your competitor get away with not adding that tax and ace you out of yet another job?'
  14. 'Trivia buffs, fantasy leaguers and statistical fanatics will all love this book as will columnists, talk show hosts and know-it-alls looking to ace someone out of a beer or two on a proposition wager.'
  15. 'However, he's never built momentum, so my guess is that the heavier competition here will ace him out.'
  16. 'Due to new management a new reservation book was created, allowing the Lake Washington High School football team to ace us out for November.'
((n.) A unit; a single point or spot on a card or die; the card or die so marked; as, the ace of diamonds.|--|(n.) Hence: A very small quantity or degree; a particle; an atom; a jot.|--|)


1. a playing card or die marked with or having the value indicated by a single spot: He dealt me four aces in the first hand.

2. a single spot or mark on a playing card or die.

3. Also called service ace. a placement made on a service. any placement. a serve that the opponent fails to touch. the point thus scored.

4. a fighter pilot credited with destroying a prescribed number or more of enemy aircraft, usually five, in combat.

5. a very skilled person; expert; adept: an ace at tap dancing.

6. Slang. a one-dollar bill.

7. Slang. a close friend.

8. Golf. Also called hole in one. a shot in which the ball is driven from the tee into the hole in one stroke: He hit a 225-yard ace on the first hole. a score of one stroke made on such a shot: to card an ace.

9. Slang. a barbiturate or amphetamine capsule or pill. 10. a very small quantity, amount, or degree; a particle: not worth an ace. 1

1. Slang. a grade of A; the highest grade or score. verb (used with object), aced, acing. 1

2. (in tennis, badminton, handball, etc.) to win a point against (one's opponent) by an ace. 1

3. Golf. to make an ace on (a hole). 1

4. Slang. to cheat, defraud, or take advantage of (often followed by out): to be aced out of one's inheritance; a friend who aced me out of a good job. 1

5. Slang. to receive a grade of A, as on a test or in a course (sometimes followed by out). to complete easily and successfully: He aced every physical fitness test they gave him. adjective 1

6. excellent; first-rate; outstanding. Verb phrases 1

7. ace it, Slang. to accomplish something with complete success: a champion who could ace it every time. Idioms 1

8. ace up one's sleeve, an important, effective, or decisive argument, resource, or advantage kept in reserve until needed. 1

9. be aces with, Slang. to be highly regarded by: The boss says you're aces with him. 20. easy aces, Auction Bridge. aces equally divided between opponents. 2

1. within an ace of, within a narrow margin of; close to: He came within an ace of winning.


"There can be ace vows."
"There can be ace traders."
"There can be ace sets."
"There can be ace pauls."
"There can be ace lookings."
"There can be ace developments."
"aces can be in games."
"aces can be up sleeves."
"aces can be in matches."
"diamonds can have aces."
"spades can have aces."
"aces can be in packs."
"clubs can have aces."
"aces can be in holes."
"aces can be to people/places/organizations."
"aces can be on points."
"matches can have aces."
"bases can have aces."
"aces can be in sets."
"aces can be past people."

Middle English (denoting the ‘one’ on dice): via Old French from Latin as ‘unity, a unit’.

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