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baccarat

or baccara

[bah-kuh-rah, bak-uh-; bah-kuh-rah, bak-uh-; French ba-ka ra] /ˈbɑ kəˌrɑ, ˈbæk ə-; ˌbɑ kəˈrɑ, ˌbæk ə-; French ba ka ˈra/
noun
1.
a gambling game at cards played by a banker and two or more punters who bet against the banker.
Origin of baccarat
1865-1870
1865-70; variant of baccara < French < ?
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Historical Examples
  • At last, when they sat down to a heavy game of baccarat, I crept away to bed.

    The Golden Woman Ridgwell Cullum
  • But as to Ronnie, bridge and baccarat and poker-patience are positively all that he thinks about.

  • Is baccarat a game you can be cheated at, then—I mean, when people are inclined to cheat?

    The Mark Of Cain Andrew Lang
  • The headquarters of the 37th Division were at baccarat on the Alsatian border.

    The Fight for the Argonne

    William Benjamin West
  • Let's see, baccarat is the game where you have to try and get nine, isn't it?

    Mammon and Co. E. F. Benson
  • "It is so simple to cheat at baccarat, without the clumsy device of five nines," he said.

    Mammon and Co. E. F. Benson
  • "I make the company a present of the only safe way to cheat at baccarat," he said.

    Mammon and Co. E. F. Benson
  • They say the baccarat here is silly, and they might as well play for bonbons.

  • It was a good game, baccarat, Arthur said, but you had to pay for it sometimes.

  • He stood for some time at the baccarat table, and watched the game there.

    Miser Farebrother (vol 2 of 3) Benjamin Leopold Farjeon
British Dictionary definitions for baccarat

baccarat

/ˈbækəˌrɑː; ˌbækəˈrɑː; French bakara/
noun
1.
a card game in which two or more punters gamble against the banker
Word Origin
C19: from French baccara, of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for baccarat
n.

card game, 1848, from French baccara (19c.), of unknown origin. Baccarat is the name of a town in France that was noted for glass-making.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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