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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun ace:


Ace is sometimes a misspelling of aged.

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Definition of the noun ace

What does ace mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: aces

  1. the smallest whole number or a numeral representing this number
    • lexical domain: Quantities - nouns denoting quantities and units of measure
    • synonyms of ace: 1 / I / one / single / unity
    • more generic words: digit / figure = one of the elements that collectively form a system of numeration
    • more specific words:
      • monad / monas = a singular metaphysical entity from which material properties are said to derive
      • singleton = a single object
  2. one of four playing cards in a deck having a single pip on its face
  3. someone who is dazzlingly skilled in any field
  4. proteolytic enzyme that converts angiotensin I into angiotensin II
  5. a major strategic headquarters of NATO; safeguards an area extending from Norway to Turkey
  6. a serve that the receiver is unable to reach
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • more generic words: serve / service = a stroke that puts the ball in play

Alternative definition of the noun ace


  1. A single point or spot on a playing card or die.
  2. A card or die face so marked.
  3. A very small quantity or degree; a particle; an atom; a jot.
  4. [tennis] A serve made without the opponent hitting the ball.
  5. [baseball] The best pitcher on the team.
  6. [baseball, dated, 19th century] A run.
  7. [golf] A hole in one.
  8. An expert at something.
  9. A military aircraft pilot who is credited with shooting down five or more enemy aircraft.
  10. A perfect score on a school exam.

Specialised definition of the noun ace

Glossary of sports

someone who is outstandingly good at a sport (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

  • usage: informal

a successful hit, e.g. in golf, when a ball is played with one stroke from the tee-off into the hole on the green. In racquet sports, especially in tennis, an ace stands for a serve which is placed so well or hit so hard that the opponent is unable to reach it, i.e. no return occurs. (Herbert Haag & Gerald Haag. 2003. Dictionary. Sport, Physical Education, Sport Science. Kiel, Institut für Sport und Sportwissenschaften)

Glossary of sports / baseball

a team's best starting pitcher (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)

Glossary of sports / golf

a hole in one (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

Glossary of sports / racquetball

a serve that cannot be returned

Glossary of sports / squash

a service shot that the receiver cannot touch with his or her racket (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)

Glossary of sports / table tennis

a serve that cannot be reached by the opponent

Glossary of sports / tennis

a serve that an opponent cannot reach (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

a point-winning serve that the opponent fails to hit (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)

Glossary of sports / volleyball

a serve that lands in the opposing team's court without being touched (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)

Definition of the adjective ace

What does ace mean as an attribute of a noun?

adjective - degrees: acer |

  1. of the highest quality

Alternative definition of the adjective ace


  1. [UK, slang] Excellent.

Definition of the verb ace

What does ace mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: aced | acing | aces

  1. succeed at easily
  2. score an ace against
    • example: He aced his opponents
    • lexical domain: Competition - verbs of fighting, athletic activities
    • more generic terms: hit / rack up / score / tally = gain points in a game
  3. play (a hole) in one stroke
    • domain: golf / golf game
    • lexical domain: Competition - verbs of fighting, athletic activities
    • more generic word: play = participate in games or sport
  4. serve an ace against (someone)

Specialised definition of the verb ace

Glossary of sports / golf

to shoot a hole in one

Glossary of sports / tennis

to serve an ace


  1. ACE a.k.a. Anthony Edwards: Anthony Charles Edwards is an American actor and director. He has appeared in various movies and television shows, including Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Top Gun, Zodiac, Miracle Mile, Revenge of the Nerds, Planes, Northern Exposure, and ER.
  2. Ace is an actor.
  3. Ace a.k.a. Adam Zalt is an actor.
  4. Ace a.k.a. Vana O'Brien: Vana O'Brien is an actress.
  5. Ace is an actor.
  6. Ace appeared in the 2011 film Water for Elephants.
  7. Ace a.k.a. Amanda O'Connor: Amanda O'Connor is an actress.
  8. Ace a.k.a. Jose Acevedo is an actor.
  9. Ace a.k.a. Chuck Wagner is an actor and a television producer.
  10. Ace a.k.a. Sam Edens is an actor.
  11. Ace a.k.a. Aaron Levinson is an actor and film producer.
  12. Ace a.k.a. Virgil Dehne is an actor.

There are other people with in their name, like Ace cain, Ace Cruz, Ace Hood, Ace Mark, Ace Mask, Jane Ace, John Ace, Ace Adams, Ace Dixon, Ace Dupre and many others.


Ace is a dog that appeared in the 1984 film Birdy.

Printed encyclopedias and other books with definitions for Ace

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Google previewEncyclopedia of Pop Music Aliases, 1950-2000 (2014)

by Bob Leszczak

Debunked Aliases JIMMY CLANTON Mistaken Alias: Jimmie Dale; Label: Drew- Blan; Years Active: 1961; Hit Singles: none; Only Known As: Jimmy Clanton; Labels: ABC, Ace, Imperial, Laurie, Mala, Philips, Spiral, Starfire, Vin; Years Active: ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Card Tricks (2012)

by Jean Hugard

FRENCH'S EXTRAORDINARY ACES Here's a different method of doing the “ Four Ace Trick” using the reversed principle and eliminating all palming and intricate sleights. As in the usual methods, the four Aces are removed from the pack and ...

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Quotes about Ace

He played the king as if afraid someone else would play the ace. (John Mason Brown)
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Scrabble value of A1C3E1

The value of this 3-letter word is 5 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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