Definitions

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

  • n. An attendant at a gaming table who collects and pays bets.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The person who collects bets and pays out winnings at a gambling table, such as in a casino.
  • n. One who, at a public dinner party, sits at the lower end of the table as assistant chairman.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who presides at a gaming table and collects the stakes.
  • n. One who, at a public dinner party, sits at the lower end of the table as assistant chairman.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who collects the money at a gaming-table.
  • n. One who at a public dinner-party sits at the lower end of the table, as assistant chairman.

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

  • n. someone who collects and pays bets at a gaming table

Etymologies

French, one who rides behind another on a horse (obsolete), croupier, from croupe, rump, croup, from Old French; see croup2.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Borrowing from French croupier. (Wiktionary)

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  • I never knew - croupier was one who rode behind another on a horse (obsolete), croupier, from croupe, rump, croup, from Old French. http://www.thefreedictionary.com/croupier

    July 20, 2009

  • I used to be a croup. I have too many past lives :-(

    July 30, 2008

  • In Latvian, we use a transliterated form of this word: krupjē. For a long time I believed that what it meant was a toad, because of its striking similarity to the Latvian word for this amphibian krupis. I only got the meaning right when I turned about twelve :/

    July 30, 2008