American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A card game played usually with the highest 32 cards, in which each player is dealt 5 cards and the player making the trump is required to take at least 3 tricks to win.
- n. The act of euchring an opponent.
- v. To prevent (an opponent) from taking 3 tricks in euchre.
- v. To deceive by sly or underhand means; cheat: euchred us out of our life savings.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A game of cards played by two, three, or four persons with the 32, 28, or 24 highest cards of the pack. Five cards are dealt to each player, two and then three at a time, or three and then two, and one to mark trumps is turned face up; the eldest hand has the right either of ordering this card into the dealer's hand, who discards another, and then playing the game, or of “passing”—that is, doing nothing; likewise the second and third hands if more than two play; should all pass, the dealer can take up into his hand the trump card, or can pass, which he does by turning down the card which had been turned face up; if the latter, the eldest hand either names a new suit as trumps, the game being then played through, or passes again. Should he pass, the second hand, the third hand, and the dealer in turn have the same right of naming the trump or passing. If all pass on this second round, then a new deal is made by the hand next in order. In playing the hands, each player throws one card, following suit if possible, and the highest card takes the trick; the winning of three tricks counts one, of five tricks two; should a player on one side order up, take up, or name the trump and fail to secure at least three tricks, that side is euchred, and its opponent scores two. The cards rank from ace through king, queen, etc., to the lowest card used, except in trumps, where the knave, known as the right bower, is the highest, and the other knave of the same color, or left bower, is the next highest. Sometimes an additional card, called the joker, which is the highest of all the cards, is used, the game being then known as railroad euchre.
- n. The winning of at least three tricks in a hand, in a game of euchre, from the side which makes the trump: as, that is a euchre.
- In the game of euchre, to win a hand over, when an opponent has ordered up, taken up, or named the trump, thus securing two points; hence, to turn the tables on; defeat; get the better of. See the noun.
- n. card games A game played with a reduced deck of 24 cards.
- v. To deceive.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A game at cards, that may be played by two, three, or four persons, the highest card (except when an extra card called the Joker is used) being the knave of the same suit as the trump, and called
right bower, the lowest card used being the seven, or frequently, in two-handed euchre, the nine spot. See bower.
- v. To defeat, in a game of euchre, the side that named the trump.
- v. Slang. To defeat or foil thoroughly in any scheme.
- n. a card game similar to ecarte; each player is dealt 5 cards and the player making trump must take 3 tricks to win a hand
- Origin unknown. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Adams said the Samboree gathering includes games and festivities throughout the week such as euchre, bingo, craft classes, tours of the Coshocton area, seminars and entertainment.”
“In the afternoon I'd watch the Packers win, grill filet mignon from Nick's of Calvert, movie night with the kids and a game of euchre with my wife and some friends.”
“So Louis and I rendezvoused in a livery stable, and with coats buttoned and chattering teeth played euchre and casino until the time of our exile was over.”
“We called for a deck of cards and sat down at a table and played euchre for an hour, in which time Louis treated once, and I treated once, to beer -- the cheapest drink, ten cents for two.”
“I only buy a liscence to help the local economy, sit out and watch for something, sometimes I even load my rifle before I go out, and play alot of euchre and have some great fellowship.”
“He was a fixture at town council and county commission meetings but rarely if ever showed up for more social events like hockey games or euchre tournaments or even the annual Kiwanis Christmas brunch.”
“Marsh was a splendid sort, a capital pilot and skipper and tough as they came, I guessed, but with a fund of yarns and partial to a convivial glass or a hand at euchre.”
“Apparently, the abundance of retirees in the Sunshine state include a frisky few not content to play euchre and shuffleboard for the rest of their lives.”
“He taught me euchre, and after dividing London between us, I taking the northern side and he the southern, we played for parish points.”
“Her knitting, our euchre playing, and her crosswords.”
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