Origin of canasta
Examples from the Web for canasta
Historical Examples of canasta
There were the Jones' for bridge and the Graysons' for canasta and charades with the Bryants.Time Enough at Last
Word Origin for canasta
1948, Uruguayan card game played with two decks and four jokers, popular c.1945-1965; from Spanish, literally "basket," from Latin canistrum (see cannister); perhaps in reference to the "packs" of cards used.