- 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
Examples from the Web for skat
"We expect you on Wednesday for Skat," said Mrs. Freudenthal.Simon Eichelkatz; The Patriarch
In their corner the skat players were sitting over their cards.
Even the skat players gave their attention for a few moments at a time.
With a double dummy, the French way, or Norwegian Skat, if you like.Frenzied Fiction
He could not see it, but when he had poked among the bushes and cried ‘Skat!’A Duet
Arthur Conan Doyle
- a three-handed card game using 32 cards, popular in German-speaking communities
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."