[ ey-kahr-tey; British ey-kahr-tey; French ey-kar-tey ]

  1. a card game for two players.

Origin of écarté

Borrowed into English from French around 1815–25

Words Nearby écarté

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How to use écarté in a sentence

  • A fine gambler as well, losing games of ecarte at five thousand francs the fish without flinching.

    The Nabob | Alphonse Daudet
  • Suspecting some minor peril, I left the ecarte players, and joined the gentleman in the dinner-jacket.

    Simon the Jester | William J. Locke
  • These were for those who preferred to play piquet or ecarte, two or three couples being so engaged.

  • Any day a countess or an actress or a run of luck at ecarte might set him up with an outfit worthy of a king.

    The Magic Skin | Honore de Balzac
  • Madame Descoings had promised Bixiou, her so-called step-son, that the young people should play at ecarte.

    The Two Brothers | Honore de Balzac

British Dictionary definitions for écarté


/ (eɪˈkɑːteɪ, French ekarte) /

  1. a card game for two, played with 32 cards and king high

  2. ballet

    • a body position in which one arm and the same leg are extended at the side of the body

    • (as adjective): the écarté position

Origin of écarté

C19: from French, from écarter to discard, from carte card 1

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