What does ace mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. one, 1, I, ace, single, unitynoun

    the smallest whole number or a numeral representing this number

    "he has the one but will need a two and three to go with it"; "they had lunch at one"

  2. acenoun

    one of four playing cards in a deck having a single pip on its face

  3. ace, adept, champion, sensation, maven, mavin, virtuoso, genius, hotshot, star, superstar, whiz, whizz, wizard, wiznoun

    someone who is dazzlingly skilled in any field

  4. angiotensin converting enzyme, angiotensin-converting enzyme, ACEnoun

    proteolytic enzyme that converts angiotensin I into angiotensin II

  5. Allied Command Europe, ACEnoun

    a major strategic headquarters of NATO; safeguards an area extending from Norway to Turkey

  6. aceadjective

    a serve that the receiver is unable to reach

  7. ace, A-one, crack, first-rate, super, tiptop, topnotch, top-notch, tops(p)verb

    of the highest quality

    "an ace reporter"; "a crack shot"; "a first-rate golfer"; "a super party"; "played top-notch tennis"; "an athlete in tiptop condition"; "she is absolutely tops"

  8. breeze through, ace, pass with flying colors, sweep through, sail through, nailverb

    succeed at easily

    "She sailed through her exams"; "You will pass with flying colors"; "She nailed her astrophysics course"

  9. aceverb

    score an ace against

    "He aced his opponents"

  10. aceverb

    play (a hole) in one stroke

  11. aceverb

    serve an ace against (someone)


  1. acenoun

    A single point or spot on a playing card or die.

  2. acenoun

    A card or die face so marked.

    I have the ace of diamonds.

  3. acenoun

    A very small quantity or degree; a particle; an atom; a jot.

  4. acenoun

    A serve won without the opponent hitting the ball.

  5. acenoun

    The best pitcher on the team.

  6. acenoun

    A run.

  7. acenoun

    A hole in one.

  8. acenoun

    An expert at something.

  9. acenoun

    A military aircraft pilot who is credited with shooting down five or more enemy aircraft.

  10. aceverb

    To pass (a test, interviews etc.) perfectly.

  11. aceverb

    To win a point by an ace.

  12. aceverb

    To make an ace (hole in one).

  13. acenoun

    A perfect score on a school exam.

  14. aceadjective


  15. Acenoun

    A male given name.

  16. Acenoun

    A common nickname suggesting skill, particularly among airplane pilots.

  17. Etymology: as, from as, from as, assis, unity, copper coin, the unit of coinage. Compare as

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Acenoun

    Etymology: As not only signified a piece of money, but any integer, from whence is derived the word ace, or unit. Thus As signified the whole inheritance. John Arbuthnot on Coins.

    When lots are shuffled together in a lap, urn, or pitcher; or if a man blindfold casts a die, what reason in the world can he have to presume, that he shall draw a white stone rather than a black, or throw an ace rather than a sise. Robert South, Sermons.

    He will not bate an ace of absolute certainty; but however doubtful or improbable the thing is, coming from him it must go for an indisputable truth. Government of the Tongue, § 11.

    I’ll not wag an ace farther: the whole world shall not bribe me to it. John Dryden, Spanish Friar.


  1. ace

    1. A playing card with a single mark or suit, typically considered as having the highest or lowest value depending on the game. 2. Someone who excels in a particular activity or field; an expert or highly skilled individual. 3. In tennis and other similar games, a serve that the opponent fails to hit. 4. In aviation, a pilot who has shot down many enemy aircraft. 5. The term "ace" is also used as a slang to describe something excellent or outstanding. 6. In golf, it refers to a hole in one. 7. In LGBTQ+ community, "ace" is short for asexual, referring to individuals who do not experience sexual attraction. 8. In baseball, the best starting pitcher on a team is often referred to as the "ace". Note: The context will determine which definition is applicable.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Acenoun

    a unit; a single point or spot on a card or die; the card or die so marked; as, the ace of diamonds

  2. Acenoun

    hence: A very small quantity or degree; a particle; an atom; a jot

  3. Etymology: [OE. as, F. as, fr. L. as, assis, unity, copper coin, the unit of coinage. Cf. As.]


  1. Ace

    An ace is a playing card. In the standard French deck, an ace has a single suit symbol located in the middle of the card, sometimes large and decorated, especially in the case of the Ace of Spades. This embellishment on the Ace of Spades started when King James VI of Scotland and I of England required an insignia of the printing house to be printed on the Ace of Spades. This insignia was necessary for identifying the printing house and stamping it as having paid the new tax. Although this requirement was abolished in 1960, the tradition has been kept by many card makers. The word "ace" comes from the Old French word 'as' meaning 'a unit', from the name of a small Roman coin. It originally meant the side of dice with only one mark, before it was a term for a playing card. Since this was the lowest roll of the die, it traditionally meant 'bad luck' in Middle English, but as the ace is often the highest playing card, its meaning has since changed to mean 'high-quality, excellence'. This connotation has seen the word applied to an unreachable tennis serve, a successful fighter pilot and more generally as a person proficient in their field, especially a sporting field.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Ace

    ās, n. the one at dice, also at cards, dominoes, &c.: a single point, an atom. [Fr.—L. as, unity—as, Tarentine Doric form of Gr. heis, one.]


  1. ACE

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. ACE

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Ace is ranked #21707 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Ace surname appeared 1,199 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Ace.

    83.9% or 1,007 total occurrences were White.
    8% or 96 total occurrences were Black.
    5% or 61 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.4% or 17 total occurrences were Asian.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'ace' in Nouns Frequency: #2589

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of ace in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of ace in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of ace in a Sentence

  1. Aaron Moss:

    Within the next couple years a number of iconic Hollywood movies could wind up in court, films like' Robocop,'' Beetlejuice' and' Ace Ventura.'.

  2. Casino:

    Ace Running a casino is like robbing a bank with no cops around. For guys like me, Las Vegas washes away your sins. It's like a morality car wash.

  3. The Rangers:

    Where we started in spring training, the entire baseball world had us, I think, picked 27th, I believe, we lost our ace, we lost our number two (starter), we lost our left-fielder, our third baseman has been playing hurt all year long. We had three players coming back from significant injuries.

  4. Maria Sharapova:

    I think if you're serving maybe 180( kph) against somebody else compared to Serena, that's an ace, against Serena, as we all know, the return is one of her great strengths. She's very explosive.

  5. Robert Spitzer:

    For the first time in history, they are actually outspending the NRA in selected contests, and they are working to build a stronger grassroots base, which has long been the NRA's ace in the whole.

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