jackpot

[jak-pot]
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noun
  1. the chief prize or the cumulative stakes in a game or contest, as in bingo, a quiz contest, or a slot machine.
  2. Poker. a pot that accumulates until a player opens the betting with a pair of predetermined denomination, usually jacks or better.
Idioms
  1. an outstanding reward or success.
  2. hit the jackpot, Informal.
    1. to achieve a sensational success; have sudden luck: The firm has hit the jackpot with its new line of computers.
    2. to win a jackpot.

Origin of jackpot

An Americanism dating back to 1880–85; of uncertain origin
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Related Words for jackpot

prize, pot, kitty, reward, find, pool

Examples from the Web for jackpot

Contemporary Examples of jackpot

Historical Examples of jackpot

  • When poker was played, beans were put in the jackpot instead of money.

    A Gold Hunter's Experience

    Chalkley J. Hambleton

  • They looked to me like a jackpot lot, but I couldn't be sure at that distance.

    Oh, You Tex!

    William Macleod Raine

  • Did the preacher gent die, er did Brother Peyton jump the game, taking the jackpot with him?

    David Lannarck, Midget

    George S. Harney

  • These editorials were vigorously rebutted by editors and columnists who as yet had not had a chance to try for the jackpot.

  • A faint heart may never win a fair lady, but five of them have won many a jackpot.

    The New Pun Book

    Thomas A. Brown and Thomas Joseph Carey


British Dictionary definitions for jackpot

jackpot

noun
  1. any large prize, kitty, or accumulated stake that may be won in gambling, such as a pool in poker that accumulates until the betting is opened with a pair of jacks or higher
  2. hit the jackpot
    1. to win a jackpot
    2. informalto achieve great success, esp through luck

Word Origin for jackpot

C20: probably from jack 1 (playing card) + pot 1
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for jackpot
n.

also jack-pot, "big prize," 1944, from slot machine sense (1932), from obsolete poker sense (1881) of antes that begin when no player has a pair of jacks or better; from jack (n.) in the card-playing sense + pot (n.1). Earlier, in criminal slang, it meant "trouble," especially "an arrest" (1902).

The regular Draw-Poker game is usually varied by occasional Jack-Pots, which are played once in so many deals, or when all have refused to play, or when the player deals who holds the buck, a marker placed in the pool with every jack-pot. In a jack-pot each player puts up an equal stake and receives a hand. The pot must then be opened by a player holding a hand of the value of a pair of knaves (jacks) or better. If no player holds so valuable a hand the deal passes and each player adds a small sum to the pot or pool. When the pot is opened the opener does so by putting up any sum he chooses, within the limit, and his companions must pay in the same amount or "drop." They also possess the right to raise the opener. The new cards called for are then dealt and the opener starts the betting, the play proceeding as in the regular game. ["Encyclopaedia Britannica," 11th ed., 1911, "Poker." The article notes "Jack-Pots were introduced about 1870."]
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with jackpot

jackpot

see hit the jackpot.

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