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trente et quarante

[trahnt ey kuh-rahnt; French trahn tey ka-rahnt] /ˈtrɑnt eɪ kəˈrɑnt; French trɑ̃ teɪ kaˈrɑ̃t/
noun
Origin of trente et quarante
1665-1675
Borrowed into English from French around 1665-75
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  • It is this: trente et quarante is not only unintelligible, but uninteresting.

    The Woman-Hater Charles Reade
  • For the fun of the thing I put some money on the trente et quarante.

    A Transient Guest Edgar Saltus
  • The croupiers at "trente et quarante" move nearly as fast as the ball.

    The Two Brothers Honore de Balzac
  • Up on the second floor there are trente et quarante and baccarat, but even here the limit is not high.

    In Vanity Fair

    Eleanor Hoyt Brainerd
  • The gambling stopped at the roulette wheels and the trente et quarante tables.

    The Enemies of Women Vicente Blasco Ibez
  • After leaving the Captains, he found Lewis at a trente et quarante table, with a heap of thousand franc chips in front of him.

    The Enemies of Women Vicente Blasco Ibez
  • He made his way to the green table, surrounded by ladies and gentlemen playing at trente et quarante.

    Ole Bull Sara C. Bull
  • Our little party stopped first at trente et quarante, and Zoe commenced her observations.

    The Woman-Hater Charles Reade
  • Two very large tables, and a distinguished company at each, especially at the trente et quarante.

    The Woman-Hater Charles Reade
  • Zora and Septimus were standing by the decorous hush of a trente et quarante table, when they were joined by Mr. Clem Sypher.

    Septimus William J. Locke
British Dictionary definitions for trente et quarante

trente et quarante

/French trɑ̃t e karɑ̃t/
noun
1.
another name for rouge et noir
Word Origin
C17: French, literally: thirty and forty; referring to the rule that forty is the maximum number that may be dealt and the winning colour is the one closest to thirty-one
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