[ bang-koh, bahng- ]
/ ˈbæŋ koʊ, ˈbɑŋ- /

noun, plural ban·cos.

a declaration made by a bettor in certain gambling games, as baccarat and chemin de fer, indicating a bet matching the full amount in the bank, to the exclusion of all previous lower bets: often used as an interjection.

verb (used without object)

to make such a declaration.

Origin of banco

1745–55; < French < Italian < Germanic; see bank2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for banco


/ (ˈbæŋkəʊ) /


a call in gambling games such as chemin de fer and baccarat by a player or bystander who wishes to bet against the entire bank

Word Origin for banco

C18: from French from Italian: bank
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