or mah-jong

[ mah-jawng, -jong, -zhawng, -zhong ]

  1. a game of Chinese origin usually played by four persons with 144 dominolike pieces or tiles marked in suits, counters, and dice, the object being to build a winning combination of pieces.

verb (used without object)
  1. to win a game of mah-jongg.

Origin of mah-jongg

1920–25; <dialectal Chinese; compare Guangdong dial. màh-jéuk,Chinese máquè literally, sparrow (depicted on the first tile of a set), equivalent to hemp + què bird

Words Nearby mah-jongg Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use mah-jongg in a sentence

  • Putting greens, pizza ovens, and mah-jongg tables, she offered.

  • He announces "mah-jongg" wins, the game is over, the scores are settled and the wall built up for the next game.

    Pung Chow | Lew Lysle Harr
  • The rule is that "a player may at any time 'Pung' a discard which will complete his hand and allow him to mah-jongg."

    Pung Chow | Lew Lysle Harr
  • On this account, none of the other opponents would hesitate about discarding the eight of bamboo which allowed him to mah-jongg.

    Pung Chow | Lew Lysle Harr
  • For mah-jongg or completing a hand a bonus is given and this is generally 10 points unless specially agreed upon to be so.

    Pung Chow | Lew Lysle Harr
  • For winning hand of absolutely no scoring value than mah-jongg, 10 points is given as a bonus.

    Pung Chow | Lew Lysle Harr