three-card monte

[ three-kahrd ]
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  1. a gambling game in which the players are shown three cards and bet that they can identify one particular card of the three, as stipulated by the dealer, after the cards have been moved around face down by the dealer.

  2. a form of three-card stud poker.

Origin of three-card monte

An Americanism dating back to 1850–55

Words Nearby three-card monte Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use three-card monte in a sentence

  • Of course, but after years of playing three-card monte with the Edwardses, is anybody listening?

    John Edwards' Audacity of Spin | Eric Dezenhall | January 27, 2010 | THE DAILY BEAST
  • But the hotel-keepers and three-card-monte men are not waiting for that discovery to grow rich.

  • Two of the well-known sharpers who hung around the camps had enticed little Pete in there, and to a game of three-card monte.

  • Within another were all the appliances for three-card monte or Faro.

    Buckskin Mose | Buckskin Mose
  • Not a three-card monte man or a whip seller or a vendor of non-intoxicants.

    Just Irish | Charles Battell Loomis