trente et quarante

[trahnt ey kuh-rahnt; French trahn tey ka-rahnt]

Origin of trente et quarante

Borrowed into English from French around 1665–75
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Examples from the Web for trente et quarante

Historical Examples of trente et quarante

  • The ball spins more slowly at Roulette—the cards are dealt more gingerly at Trente-et-quarante here than elsewhere.

  • He had quitted Vienna in order to betake himself to the Saxon Casino, where roulette and trente-et-quarante are played.

  • Benazet will not accept as a stake; if he would, there are plenty here, believe me, who would set it on the trente-et-quarante.

    The Newcomes

    William Makepeace Thackeray

  • He had won money at trente-et-quarante, and was feeling very pleased with his own judgment and powers of intellect generally.

    Swirling Waters

    Max Rittenberg


British Dictionary definitions for trente et quarante

trente et quarante

noun
  1. another name for rouge et noir

Word Origin for trente et quarante

C17: French, literally: thirty and forty; referring to the rule that forty is the maximum number that may be dealt and the winning colour is the one closest to thirty-one
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