Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A variation of baccarat.

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  • n. A card game, a variation of baccarat.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a card game played in casinos in which two or more punters gamble against the banker; the player wins who holds 2 or 3 cards that total closest to nine

Etymologies

French, railroad : chemin, way + de, of + fer, iron.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French chemin de fer ‘railway’. (Wiktionary)

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  • Do we not have a Railways list somewhere? *incredulous*

    June 3, 2008

  • "He wanted, so he said, to sort the labels into order, but it was very difficult: of course, there was chronological order, but he found it poor, even poorer than alphabetical order. He had tried by continents, then by country, but that didn't satisfy him. What he would have liked would be to link each label to the next, but each time in respect of something else: for example, the could have some detail in common, a mountain or volcano, an illuminated bay, some particular flower, the same red and gold edging, the beaming face of a groom, or the same dimensions, or the same typeface, or similar slogans ("Pearl of the Ocean", "Diamond of the Coast"), or a relationship based not on similarity but on opposition or association: a minute village by an Italian lake followed by the skyscrapers of Manhattan, skiers followed by swimmers, fireworks by candlelit dinner, railway by aeroplane, baccarat by chemin de fer, etc."

    June 3, 2008