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[ fair-oh ]
/ ˈfɛər oʊ /

noun Cards.

a gambling game in which players place bets on a special board or layout, betting on each series of two cards as they are drawn from a box containing the dealer's or banker's pack.

Nearby words

farnese, alessandro, farnesol, farnham, farnsworth, farnsworth, philo taylor, faro, faroes, faroese, farolito, farouche, farouk

Origin of faro

1725–35; spelling variant of Pharaoh (compare Italian faraone, French pharaon), alleged to be originally a designation for the king of hearts in the game. See Pharaoh

Definition for faro (2 of 3)


[ fah-roo ]
/ ˈfɑ rʊ /


a seaport in S Portugal.

Definition for faro (3 of 3)

Faeroe Islands

or Far·oe Is·lands

[ fair-oh ]
/ ˈfɛər oʊ /

plural noun

a group of 21 islands in the N Atlantic between Great Britain and Iceland, belonging to Denmark but having extensive home rule. 540 sq. mi. (1400 sq. km). Capital: Torshavn.
Also called Faer·oes, Faroes. Danish Faer·ö·er·ne [fer-œ-er-nuh] /fɛrˈœ ɛr nə/. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for faro (1 of 2)


/ (ˈfɛərəʊ) /


a gambling game in which players bet against the dealer on what cards he will turn up

Word Origin for faro

C18: probably spelling variant of Pharaoh

British Dictionary definitions for faro (2 of 2)


/ (ˈfɑːrəʊ) /


a port and resort in S Portugal: destroyed by earthquakes in 1722 and 1755. Pop: 58 051 (2001)
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Word Origin and History for faro



1735, gambling game with cards, apparently altered from pharaoh; perhaps his image was on one of the cards.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper