- 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.
- three-card monte(def 1).
Origin of monte
- a male given name.
- a city in SW California, near Los Angeles.
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Contemporary Examples of monte
On Sunday, November 2, Their Royal Highnesses will begin their visit to Mexico in the town of Real del Monte.Charles and Camilla To Visit Mexico and Colombia
October 3, 2014
Yeah, like Kathmandu and Monte Carlo, Maine and Monrovia, Harold had been to Vegas before.The Stacks: Harold Conrad Was Many Things, But He Was Never, Ever Dull
March 8, 2014
She married Kenneth Dear, a businessman, in 1964, and after his retirement they moved to Malta, then Monte Carlo.The Week in Death: Suzanne Gelleri Dear
December 15, 2013
Newton shot the photos in Monte Carlo—where he lived—and the Tuscan countryside.Michelle Obama's Biggest Fashion Regret; LVMH Launches Contest for Emerging Designers
The Fashion Beast Team
November 21, 2013
Prisoners around the world have said that reading The Count of Monte Cristo helped them get through their ordeal.Tom Reiss: How I Write
August 14, 2013
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.Who Was Who: 5000 B. C. to Date
When she married she had carried her Mercury to the exquisite isolation of Monte Amato.A Spirit in Prison
No ingots or dollars were here, to crown me the little Monte Cristo of a week.The Golden Age
I was poor then, and later on I lived in the caves and grottoes of Monte Parioli.The Eternal City
- a gambling card game of Spanish origin
- Australian informal a certainty
Word Origin 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.