or hom·bre



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.

Also especially British, om·bre.

Origin of omber

1650–60; < French (h)ombre < Spanish hombre literally, man < Latin hominem, accusative of homō man. See Homo Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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?

    The Journal to Stella

    Jonathan Swift

  • Why, Sterne told me he left you at ombre with Leigh; and yet you never saw him.

    The Journal to Stella

    Jonathan Swift

  • Do they give you health for the money you lose at ombre, sirrah?

    The Journal to Stella

    Jonathan Swift

  • Oh, at ombre with the Dean always on Friday night, with Mrs. Walls.

    The Journal to Stella

    Jonathan Swift

  • In France it is known as ombre, in Germany as asche, and in Norway as harren.

    Bass, Pike, Perch, and Others

    James Alexander Henshall

British Dictionary definitions for ombre


US omber


an 18th-century card game

Word Origin for ombre

C17: from Spanish hombre man, referring to the player who attempts to win the stakes
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper