chouette

[shoo-et]
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noun

a variation of a two-handed game, as backgammon, allowing the participation of three or more persons, in which one player accepts the bets of all the others on the outcome of a game between that player and one other active player, who is permitted to receive advice from the nonplayers.

Nearby words

  1. chou,
  2. chou en-lai,
  3. chou pastry,
  4. chou shu-jen,
  5. choucroute,
  6. chough,
  7. choukoutien,
  8. chouse,
  9. choux,
  10. choux pastry

Origin of chouette

1885–90; < French, from the phrase faire la chouette to play alone against a group of opponents (in billiards, etc.), literally, to play the barn owl, perhaps alluding to the owl's watchful look

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