[ ahr-key-nuh ]

  1. (used with a singular or plural verb) either of the two types of tarot cards in a deck, the minor arcana and the major arcana.

Origin of arcana

First recorded in 1600–10; from Latin; neuter plural (used as a noun) of arcanum

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British Dictionary definitions for arcana


/ (ɑːˈkeɪnə, -ˈkɑː-) /

  1. either of the two divisions (the minor arcana and the major arcana) of a pack of tarot cards

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