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[ey-kahr-tey; British ey-kahr-tey; French ey-kar-tey] /ˌeɪ kɑrˈteɪ; British eɪˈkɑr teɪ; French eɪ karˈteɪ/
a card game for two players.
Origin of écarté
Borrowed into English from French around 1815-25 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for ecarte
Historical Examples
  • ecarte and lansquenet were almost as much out of the question.

    The Daltons, Volume I (of II) Charles James Lever
  • Have a game of ecarte till I come back, unless you would like to wait for me.

    Virgin Soil Ivan S. Turgenev
  • I owe the Russian Prince 300 louis, lost to him last night at ecarte.

    The Parisians, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • Godolphin sat apart from the talkers playing a quiet game at ecarte.

    Godolphin, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • You will say, Why not take to backgammon, or ecarte, or amuse yourself with a book?

    The Fitz-Boodle Papers William Makepeace Thackeray
  • Ah, what a hand he played at ecarte; the very best of the French science.

    Under Two Flags Ouida [Louise de la Ramee]
  • He sat down on the chair I had vacated and buried his face on the ecarte table.

    Simon the Jester William J. Locke
  • He danced, played at ecarte, lost some money, and went home to bed.

    Study of a Woman Honore de Balzac
  • It was many months now since he had played a game of ecarte.

    Mr. Scarborough's Family Anthony Trollope
  • Better come up to my rooms then, and have a weed and a bit of ecarte!

    A Fascinating Traitor Richard Henry Savage
British Dictionary definitions for ecarte


/eɪˈkɑːteɪ; French ekarte/
a card game for two, played with 32 cards and king high
  1. a body position in which one arm and the same leg are extended at the side of the body
  2. (as adjective): the écarté position
Word Origin
C19: from French, from écarter to discard, from cartecard1
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for ecarte

card game for two played with 32 cards, 1824, from French écarté, literally "discarded," past participle of écarter "to discard," from e- (see ex-) + carte (see card (n.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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