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[yahr-bur-oh, -buhr-oh or, esp. British, -ber-uh]
noun Whist, Bridge.
  1. a hand in which no card is higher than a nine.
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Origin of Yarborough

First recorded in 1895–1900; after the 2nd Earl of Yarborough (died 1897), said to have bet 1000 to 1 against its occurrence
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Examples from the Web for yarborough

Historical Examples

  • A booth with literature, posters, etc., was established in the Yarborough Hotel.

    The History of Woman Suffrage, Volume VI


  • A few capital pieces show us people sledging and skating or netting ice-holes (Yarborough, Neeld and Bedford collections).

  • Ere long you come to Yarborough House, a stately mansion standing embowered by trees about a furlong from the shore.

  • "Especially the mask," returned Sylvia, under her breath, and laid on the table the last card of a Yarborough.

    The Fighting Chance

    Robert W. Chambers

  • He died in 1805, childless, and the property passed to the Earl of Yarborough in right of his wife.

    The Isle of Wight

    G. E. Mitton

British Dictionary definitions for yarborough


  1. bridge whist a hand of 13 cards in which no card is higher than nine
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Word Origin

C19: supposed to be named after the second Earl of Yarborough (1809–62), who is said to have bet a thousand to one against the occurrence of such a hand
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