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


a card game for two players.

Origin of écarté

Borrowed into English from French around 1815–25
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Examples from the Web for ecarte

Historical Examples of ecarte

  • Ecarte and lansquenet were almost as much out of the question.

  • Have a game of ecarte till I come back, unless you would like to wait for me.

    Virgin Soil

    Ivan S. Turgenev

  • I owe the Russian Prince 300 louis, lost to him last night at ecarte.

    The Parisians, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • Godolphin sat apart from the talkers playing a quiet game at ecarte.

    Godolphin, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • You will say, Why not take to backgammon, or ecarte, or amuse yourself with a book?

    The Fitz-Boodle Papers

    William Makepeace Thackeray

British Dictionary definitions for ecarte



a card game for two, played with 32 cards and king high
  1. a body position in which one arm and the same leg are extended at the side of the body
  2. (as adjective)the écarté position

Word Origin for écarté

C19: from French, from écarter to discard, from carte card 1
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Word Origin and History for ecarte

card game for two played with 32 cards, 1824, from French écarté, literally "discarded," past participle of écarter "to discard," from e- (see ex-) + carte (see card (n.)).

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