blackjack

[blak-jak]

noun

verb (used with object)

to strike or beat with a blackjack.
to compel by threat.

Nearby words

  1. blackheart,
  2. blackheath,
  3. blackie,
  4. blacking,
  5. blackish,
  6. blackleg,
  7. blacklist,
  8. blackly,
  9. blackmail,
  10. blackmore

Origin of blackjack

First recorded in 1505–15; black + jack1

Pershing

[pur-shing or for 2, -zhing]

noun

John JosephBlackjack, 1860–1948, U.S. general: commander of the American Expeditionary Forces in World War I.
Military.
  1. a 46-ton (42 metric tons) U.S. heavy tank of 1944–52, with a five-man crew and a 90mm gun.
  2. a two-stage surface-to-surface ballistic missile.
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British Dictionary definitions for blackjack

blackjack

1

noun

a truncheon of leather-covered lead with a flexible shaft

verb

(tr) to hit with or as if with a blackjack
(tr) to compel (a person) by threats

Word Origin for blackjack

C19: from black + jack 1 (implement)

noun cards

pontoon or any of various similar card games
the ace of spades

Word Origin for blackjack

C20: from black + jack 1 (the knave)

noun

a dark iron-rich variety of the mineral sphalerite

Word Origin for blackjack

C18: from black + jack 1 (originally a miner's name for this useless ore)

noun

a small oak tree, Quercus marilandica, of the southeastern US, with blackish bark and fan-shaped leavesAlso called: blackjack oak

Word Origin for blackjack

C19: from black + jack 1 (from the proper name, popularly used in many plant names)

noun

a tarred leather tankard or jug

Word Origin for blackjack

C16: from black + jack ³

Pershing

1

noun

John Joseph, nickname Black Jack. 1860–1948, US general. He was commander in chief of the American Expeditionary Force in Europe (1917–19)

Pershing

2

noun

a US ballistic missile capable of carrying a nuclear or conventional warhead
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Word Origin and History for blackjack

blackjack

n.

used in many senses since 16c., earliest is possibly "tar-coated leather jug for beer" (1590s), from black (adj.) + jack in any of its many slang senses. The weapon so called from 1889; the card game by 1900.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper