- 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.
- an instance of euchring or being euchred.
- 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.
- Slang. to cheat; swindle.
Origin of euchre
An Americanism dating back to 1835–45; origin uncertain
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Examples from the Web for euchre
Mr. Zachary Smith resisted the blandishments of “cut-throat” euchre.The Hound From The North
The following rules belong to the established Etiquette of Euchre.
“Euchre,”—when the party making the trump fails to take three tricks.
A military Euchre Party would be very appropriate for this occasion.Games For All Occasions
Mary E. Blain
There was a gambler over in Lazette thought to euchre Dakota.The Trail to Yesterday
Charles Alden Seltzer
- a US and Canadian card game similar to écarté for two to four players, using a poker pack with joker
- an instance of euchring another player, preventing him from making his contracted tricks
- to prevent (a player) from making his contracted tricks
- (usually foll by out) US, Canadian, Australian and NZ informal to outwit or cheat
- Australian and NZ informal to ruin or exhaust
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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