- 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.
- to win a game of mah-jongg.
Origin of mah-jongg
Examples from the Web for mah-jongg
Contemporary Examples of mah-jongg
Putting greens, pizza ovens, and mah-jongg tables, she offered.Lifestyles of the Rich and Asian
June 16, 2013
Historical Examples of mah-jongg
He announces "Mah-Jongg" wins, the game is over, the scores are settled and the wall built up for the next game.
The rule is that "a player may at any time 'Pung' a discard which will complete his hand and allow him to Mah-Jongg."
On this account, none of the other opponents would hesitate about discarding the eight of bamboo which allowed him to Mah-Jongg.
For Mah-Jongg or completing a hand a bonus is given and this is generally 10 points unless specially agreed upon to be so.
For winning hand of absolutely no scoring value than Mah-Jongg, 10 points is given as a bonus.
1922, from dialectal Chinese (Shanghai) ma chiang, name of the game, literally "sparrows," from ma "hemp" + chiang "little birds." The game so called from the design of the pieces. It had a vogue in Europe and the U.S. in the 1920s and for a time threatened to supplant bridge in popularity.