[ tar-oh, ta-roh ]
/ ˈtær oʊ, tæˈroʊ /


any of a set of 22 playing cards bearing allegorical representations, used for fortunetelling and as trump cards in tarok.

Origin of tarot

1590–1600; back formation from taros (plural) < Middle French < Italian tarocchi, plural of tarocco
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British Dictionary definitions for tarot

/ (ˈtærəʊ) /


one of a special pack of cards, now used mainly for fortune-telling, consisting of 78 cards (4 suits of 14 cards each (the minor arcana), and 22 other cards (the major arcana))
a card in a tarot pack with distinctive symbolic design, such as the Wheel of Fortune


relating to tarot cards

Word Origin for tarot

C16: from French, from Old Italian tarocco, of unknown origin
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