chemin de fer

[ shuh-man duh fair; French shuh-manduh fer ]
/ ʃəˈmæn də ˈfɛər; French ʃə mɛ̃də ˈfɛr /

noun Cards.

a variation of baccarat.

Origin of chemin de fer

1890–95; < French: literally, railroad; so called from the speed of the game Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for chemin de fer

  • Anything over two hours on the chemin-de-fer is considered a journey by these good French people!

    The Real Latin Quarter|F. Berkeley Smith

British Dictionary definitions for chemin de fer

chemin de fer

/ (ʃəˈmæn də ˈfɛə, French ʃəmɛ̃dfɛr) /


a gambling game, a variation of baccarat

Word Origin for chemin de fer

French: railway, referring to the fast tempo of the game
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