[ mon-tee ]
/ ˈmɒn ti /

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

Definition for monte (2 of 3)


[ mon-tee ]
/ ˈmɒn ti /


a male given name.

Definition for monte (3 of 3)

El Monte

[ el mon-tee ]
/ ɛl ˈmɒn ti /


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

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British Dictionary definitions for monte


/ (ˈmɒntɪ) /


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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