1. Cards. a game played by two, three, or four persons, usually with the 32, but sometimes with the 28 or 24, highest cards in the pack.
  2. an instance of euchring or being euchred.
verb (used with object), eu·chred, eu·chring.
  1. to get the better of (an opponent) in a hand at euchre by the opponent's failure to win three tricks after having made the trump.
  2. Slang. to cheat; swindle.

Origin of euchre

An Americanism dating back to 1835–45; origin uncertain Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  1. a US and Canadian card game similar to écarté for two to four players, using a poker pack with joker
  2. an instance of euchring another player, preventing him from making his contracted tricks
verb (tr)
  1. to prevent (a player) from making his contracted tricks
  2. (usually foll by out) US, Canadian, Australian and NZ informal to outwit or cheat
  3. Australian and NZ informal to ruin or exhaust

Word Origin for euchre

C19: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for euchre

card game, 1846, American English, of unknown origin.

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