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[mon-tee] /ˈmɒn ti/
noun, Cards.
Also called monte bank. a gambling game played with a 40-card pack in which players bet that one of two layouts, each consisting of two cards drawn from either the top or bottom of the deck and turned face up, will be matched in suit by the next card turned up.
three-card monte (def 1).
Origin of monte
1815-25; < Spanish: mountain, hence, heap (of cards); see mount2


[mon-tee] /ˈmɒn ti/
a male given name.

El Monte

[el mon-tee] /ɛl ˈmɒn ti/
a city in SW California, near Los Angeles. Unabridged
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  • Now you know how that monte Cristo carried on after he'd proved up.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • Also toured the world, but shot no game in Africa or monte Carlo.

  • When she married she had carried her Mercury to the exquisite isolation of monte Amato.

    A Spirit in Prison Robert Hichens
  • No ingots or dollars were here, to crown me the little monte Cristo of a week.

    The Golden Age Kenneth Grahame
  • I was poor then, and later on I lived in the caves and grottoes of monte Parioli.

    The Eternal City Hall Caine
British Dictionary definitions for monte


a gambling card game of Spanish origin
(Austral, informal) a certainty
Word Origin
C19: from Spanish: mountain, hence pile of cards
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Word Origin and History for monte

gambling card game, 1824, from Spanish monte "mountain," from Latin montem (nominative mons), see mount (n.). So called from the heap of cards left after dealing. A favorite in California during the gold rush years. The three-card form (first attested 1877) is of Mexican origin.

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