- a card game popular in the 17th and 18th centuries and played, usually by three persons, with 40 cards.
- the player undertaking to win the pool in this game.
Origin of omber
Examples from the Web for ombre
Historical Examples of ombre
Did you smoke in my last how I told you the very day and the place you were playing at ombre?
Why, Sterne told me he left you at ombre with Leigh; and yet you never saw him.
Do they give you health for the money you lose at ombre, sirrah?
Oh, at ombre with the Dean always on Friday night, with Mrs. Walls.
In France it is known as ombre, in Germany as asche, and in Norway as harren.Bass, Pike, Perch, and Others
James Alexander Henshall
- an 18th-century card game
Word Origin for ombre
Word Origin and History for ombre
card game popular early 18c., from French hombre, from Spanish hombre "man" (see hombre). So called from an expression (translatable as "I am the man") spoken in the course of the game.