[ krib-ij ]

  1. a card game for two or sometimes three or four players, a characteristic feature of which is the crib, and in which the object is to make counting combinations for points that are scored on a cribbage board.

Origin of cribbage

First recorded in 1620–30; crib + -age

Words Nearby cribbage Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use cribbage in a sentence

  • They included both William Davenant, a godson of Shakespeare and Sir John Suckling, the inventor of the card game cribbage.

    The Best of Brit Lit | Peter Stothard | July 6, 2011 | THE DAILY BEAST
  • Even the cribbage game under the barber shop was suspended, and the cribbage game was an institution.

    Scattergood Baines | Clarence Budington Kelland
  • cribbage played with cards and a board is said to be essentially an English game.

    Chats on Household Curios | Fred W. Burgess
  • After the children had gone to bed, she played cribbage with Mrs. Merlin while Kurt read the papers.

    Penny of Top Hill Trail | Belle Kanaris Maniates
  • Now, it must be confessed that cribbage was a game of which Mrs. Nuttall was profoundly ignorant.

    Grif | B. L. (Benjamin Leopold) Farjeon
  • No horses stamping about, no stable; but pictures on the walls, and men playing cribbage or reading, and nobody in a hurry.

    Careers of Danger and Daring | Cleveland Moffett

British Dictionary definitions for cribbage


/ (ˈkrɪbɪdʒ) /

  1. a game of cards for two to four, in which players try to win a set number of points before their opponents: Often shortened to: crib

Origin of cribbage

C17: of uncertain origin

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