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English definition of “spade”

spade

noun uk   /speɪd/ us  

spade noun (TOOL)

C2 [C] a tool used for digging especially soil or sand, with a long handle and a flat blade: a garden spade The kids took their buckets and spades to the beach.Gardening toolsTools

spade noun (CARD)

spades [plural or U] one of the four suits in playing cards, which has one or more black symbols like a pointed leaf with a short stem: the Ace/Queen of spadesPlaying cards [C] a playing card from the suit of spades: Don't you have any spades?Playing cards

spade noun (PERSON)

[C] offensive old-fashioned an offensive word for a black personPeople of specific racial or ethnic background
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(Definition of spade from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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