or bac·ca·ra

[ bah-kuh-rah, bak-uh-; bah-kuh-rah, bak-uh-; French ba-ka ra ]
/ ˈbɑ kəˌrɑ, ˈbæk ə-; ˌbɑ kəˈrɑ, ˌbæk ə-; French ba ka ˈra /


a gambling game at cards played by a banker and two or more punters who bet against the banker.


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Origin of baccarat

1865–70; variant of baccara < French < ? Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

British Dictionary definitions for baccara

/ (ˈbækəˌrɑː, ˌbækəˈrɑː, French bakara) /


a card game in which two or more punters gamble against the banker

Word Origin for baccarat

C19: from French baccara, of unknown origin
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