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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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Examples from the Web for cribbage
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  • Miss West and I abandoned our rubber of cribbage and hastened on deck.

  • Come, brother, away from the scene; let us go play a game at cribbage!

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

    The Beth Book

    Sarah Grand
  • cribbage played with cards and a board is said to be essentially an English game.

    Chats on Household Curios Fred W. Burgess
  • At cribbage the old gentleman was expected to lose his temper.

    Summer Cruising in the South Seas Charles Warren Stoddard
  • The usual games are all-fours, all-fives, cribbage, and put.

  • Her knowledge of the mysteries of cribbage extended no further.

    Grif B. L. (Benjamin Leopold) Farjeon
  • And they played many hundred thousand games of cribbage together.

    The Old Curiosity Shop Charles Dickens
  • We were six in number; four could p. 106play at Preference, and for the other two there was cribbage.

    Cranford Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell
  • Until one evening, with a stifled sigh, she murmured the word, cribbage!

    Memoirs of a Midget Walter de la Mare
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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