- 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 mahjong
Contemporary Examples of mahjong
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Historical Examples of mahjong
Túa siya sa madyungan nagdúlà, She is in the mahjong den, gambling.
Ang kinagaykay sa mga pitsas, The rattling of the mahjong pieces.
(→) n a hand in mahjong or cards that lacks a card or has one card too many and thus cannot win.
Nagsintimintal siya kay napildi sa madyung, He is wearing a long face because he lost in mahjong.
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.