chouette

[ shoo-et ]
/ ʃuˈɛt /

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.

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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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