- 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.
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
- a seaport in S Portugal.
or Far·oe Is·lands
- 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/.
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Examples from the Web for faro
In 1991, Muehl was convicted of having sex with minors, served seven years, then moved with a core of followers to Faro, Portugal.The Life and Art of Radical Provocateur—and Commune Leader—Otto Muehl
September 22, 2014
The company proceed to play at faro, the bank being the loser.
There the night was spent in whist, faro, suppers, and political consultations.Beaux and Belles of England
When I struck town I got pretty drunk and busted a faro bank.The Vagrant Duke
The battered Thompson was driven back, to fall against a faro layout.The Plunderer
The same evening I went to the opera-house, where faro was played.The Memoires of Casanova, Complete
Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
- a gambling game in which players bet against the dealer on what cards he will turn up
C18: probably spelling variant of Pharaoh
- a port and resort in S Portugal: destroyed by earthquakes in 1722 and 1755. Pop: 58 051 (2001)
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