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or hombre

[om-ber] /ˈɒm bər/
a card game popular in the 17th and 18th centuries and played, usually by three persons, with 40 cards.
the player undertaking to win the pool in this game.
Also, especially British, ombre.
Origin of omber
1650-60; < French (h)ombre < Spanish hombre literally, man < Latin hominem, accusative of homō man. See Homo Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for ombre
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  • Did you smoke in my last how I told you the very day and the place you were playing at ombre?

    The Journal to Stella Jonathan Swift
  • Why, Sterne told me he left you at ombre with Leigh; and yet you never saw him.

    The Journal to Stella Jonathan Swift
  • Do they give you health for the money you lose at ombre, sirrah?

    The Journal to Stella Jonathan Swift
  • Oh, at ombre with the Dean always on Friday night, with Mrs. Walls.

    The Journal to Stella Jonathan Swift
  • In France it is known as ombre, in Germany as asche, and in Norway as harren.

    Bass, Pike, Perch, and Others James Alexander Henshall
  • The ombre had the privilege of deciding which suit should be trumps.

  • Primero, or ombre, is said to be the ancestor of our modern game of poker.

  • ombre had been introduced in the previous century by Catherine of Braganza, and quadrille was another favorite game of hers.

    The Old Furniture Book N. Hudson Moore
  • Lady Mary Montagu praised her, and won her money at ombre, being by far the luckier player.

    Mohawks, Volume 3 of 3 Mary Elizabeth Braddon
  • "I am told the old Duchess of Marlborough prefers roly-poly to quadrille or ombre," said Herrick, as the cards were being dealt.

    Mohawks, Volume 2 of 3 Mary Elizabeth Braddon
British Dictionary definitions for ombre


an 18th-century card game
Word Origin
C17: from Spanish hombre man, referring to the player who attempts to win the stakes
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for ombre

card game popular early 18c., from French hombre, from Spanish hombre "man" (see hombre). So called from an expression (translatable as "I am the man") spoken in the course of the game.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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