or bac·ca·ra

[bah-kuh-rah, bak-uh-; bah-kuh-rah, bak-uh-; French ba-ka ra]


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

Origin of baccarat

1865–70; variant of baccara < French < ? Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for baccarat

Historical Examples of baccarat

  • At last, when they sat down to a heavy game of baccarat, I crept away to bed.

    The Golden Woman

    Ridgwell Cullum

  • But as to Ronnie, bridge and baccarat and poker-patience are positively all that he thinks about.

  • Is baccarat a game you can be cheated at, then—I mean, when people are inclined to cheat?

    The Mark Of Cain

    Andrew Lang

  • The headquarters of the 37th Division were at Baccarat on the Alsatian border.

    The Fight for the Argonne

    William Benjamin West

  • Let's see, baccarat is the game where you have to try and get nine, isn't it?

    Mammon and Co.

    E. F. Benson

British Dictionary definitions for baccarat



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

Word Origin for baccarat

C19: from French baccara, of unknown origin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for baccarat

card game, 1848, from French baccara (19c.), of unknown origin. Baccarat is the name of a town in France that was noted for glass-making.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper