[skaht, skat]


a card game for three players, using a pack of 32 playing cards, sevens through aces, the object being to fulfill any of various contracts, with scoring computed on strategy and on tricks won.

Origin of skat

1860–65; < German skat < Italian scarto, derivative of scartare to discard, equivalent to s- ex-1 + -cartare, derivative of carta card1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for skat

Historical Examples of skat

  • "We expect you on Wednesday for Skat," said Mrs. Freudenthal.

  • Even the skat players gave their attention for a few moments at a time.


    Gerhart Hauptmann

  • In their corner the skat players were sitting over their cards.


    Gerhart Hauptmann

  • With a double dummy, the French way, or Norwegian Skat, if you like.

    Frenzied Fiction

    Stephen Leacock

  • He could not see it, but when he had poked among the bushes and cried ‘Skat!’

    A Duet

    Arthur Conan Doyle

British Dictionary definitions for skat



a three-handed card game using 32 cards, popular in German-speaking communities

Word Origin for skat

C19: from German, from Italian scarto played cards, from scartare to discard, from s- ex- 1 + carta, from Latin charta card 1
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Word Origin and History for skat

card game, 1864, from German Skat (by 1838), from earlier scart (said to have been a term used in the old card game called taroc, which was of Italian origin), from Italian scarto "cards laid aside," which is said to be a back-formation from scartare, from Latin ex- "off, away" + Late Latin carta (see card (n.1)). The German game is perhaps so called because it is played with a rump deck, or because two cards are laid aside at the start of the game, or because discarding is an important part of the game. Cf. French card game écarté, literally "cards removed."

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