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

  • Erckmann felt that rules must be observed even in baccarat, even as played by Beaumorris.

  • "I ne-ne-ne-never de-de-de-deceived an-an-an-anybody," exclaimed Baccarat, imitating the other's defect in pronunciation.

  • E cannot ring many changes on Baccarat, and I do not often allow 'im to play downstairs.

    The Chink in the Armour

    Marie Belloc Lowndes

  • A famous English yacht changed hands as a result of an hour at baccarat.

    In Vanity Fair

    Eleanor Hoyt Brainerd

  • He won immense sums at baccarat shortly afterwards, and was able to take up the note before it became due.

    The Red Lottery Ticket

    Fortun Du Boisgobey

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