noun Cards.

Also called monte bank. a gambling game played with a 40-card pack in which players bet that one of two layouts, each consisting of two cards drawn from either the top or bottom of the deck and turned face up, will be matched in suit by the next card turned up.

Origin of monte

1815–25; < Spanish: mountain, hence, heap (of cards); see mount2




a male given name.

El Monte

[el mon-tee]


a city in SW California, near Los Angeles. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for monte

Contemporary Examples of monte

Historical Examples of monte

  • Now you know how that Monte Cristo carried on after he'd proved up.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • Also toured the world, but shot no game in Africa or Monte Carlo.

  • When she married she had carried her Mercury to the exquisite isolation of Monte Amato.

    A Spirit in Prison

    Robert Hichens

  • No ingots or dollars were here, to crown me the little Monte Cristo of a week.

    The Golden Age

    Kenneth Grahame

  • I was poor then, and later on I lived in the caves and grottoes of Monte Parioli.

British Dictionary definitions for monte



a gambling card game of Spanish origin
Australian informal a certainty

Word Origin for monte

C19: from Spanish: mountain, hence pile of cards
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Word Origin and History for monte

gambling card game, 1824, from Spanish monte "mountain," from Latin montem (nominative mons), see mount (n.). So called from the heap of cards left after dealing. A favorite in California during the gold rush years. The three-card form (first attested 1877) is of Mexican origin.

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