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[krib-ij] /ˈkrɪb ɪdʒ/
a card game for two or sometimes three or four players, a characteristic feature of which is the crib, and in which the object is to make counting combinations for points that are scored on a cribbage board.
Origin of cribbage
First recorded in 1620-30; crib + -age Unabridged
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  • And as soon as our supper dishes were washed we went inside to our lantern and our game of cribbage.

    The Virginian Owen Wister
  • Miss West and I abandoned our rubber of cribbage and hastened on deck.

  • He was a noted gambler, and has the distinction of being the inventor of the game of cribbage.

  • In the evening he came in again to have a game of cribbage with Mrs. Caldwell.

    The Beth Book Sarah Grand
  • cribbage was Hatchett's one passion, unless another was—beating the Indians.

    The Courage of Marge O'Doone James Oliver Curwood
  • Her knowledge of the mysteries of cribbage extended no further.

    Grif B. L. (Benjamin Leopold) Farjeon
  • There was no cribbage player round, and Peter himself sat across deeply immersed in a magazine.

    The Street of Seven Stars Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • Until one evening, with a stifled sigh, she murmured the word, cribbage!

    Memoirs of a Midget Walter de la Mare
  • During the remainder of the day, between games of cribbage, Cousin Egbert and I discussed the venture.

    Ruggles of Red Gap Harry Leon Wilson
  • "The only thing that settles his nerves is cribbage," he explained.

    More Tish Mary Roberts Rinehart
British Dictionary definitions for cribbage


a game of cards for two to four, in which players try to win a set number of points before their opponents Often shortened to crib
Word Origin
C17: of uncertain origin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for cribbage

the card game, 1620s, probably from crib "set of cards thrown from each player's hand," of uncertain origin, though this word is later than the game name.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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