Definitions

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

  • n. A card game in which two cards are chosen from four laid out face-up and a player bets that one of the two will be matched in suit by the dealer before the other one.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a game in which 3 or 4 cards are dealt face-up and players bet which of them will first be matched in suit by others dealt

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A favorite gambling game among Spaniards, played with dice or cards.
  • n. In Spanish America, a wood; forest; timber land; esp., in parts of South America, a comparatively wooden region.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A tract more or less thickly covered with shrubby vegetation or scanty forests; a forest.
  • n. A favorite Spanish and Spanish-American gambling-game, played with the Spanish pack of forty cards.

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

  • n. a gambling card game of Spanish origin; 3 or 4 cards are dealt face up and players bet that one of them will be matched before the others as the cards are dealt from the pack one at a time

Etymologies

Spanish, mountain, pile, monte, from Italian, from Latin mōns, mont-, mountain; see men-2 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • The word monte signifies more frequently, in the colonies, a forest (bosque) than a mountain, and this circumstance has led to great errors in our maps, on which chains of mountains (sierras) are figured, where there are only thick forests,

    Travels to the Equinoctial Regions of America

  • The word monte signifies more frequently, in the colonies, a forest (bosque) than a mountain, and this circumstance has led to great errors in our maps, on which chains of mountains

    Personal Narrative of Travels to the Equinoctial Regions of America, During the Year 1799-1804 — Volume 2

  • Season the sauce with S&P and butter, also known as monte au beurre, and pour sauce over shanks and linguini.

    Archive 2005-12-01

  • Known as monte coca or coca coca, these were occasionally used to adulterate shipments of coca destined for the markets of Cuzco.

    One River

  • The monte is the pasture land immediately above the highest enclosed meadows and below the alpe.

    Alps and Sanctuaries of Piedmont and the Canton Ticino

  • xviiOne of these banks, operating since 1472, still carries the medieval word monte: the Monte dei Paschi di Siena.

    The English Is Coming!

  • Another issue is the increasing complexity of multivariate statistical analsis and iterative nonparametric techniques such as monte carlo simulation and covariance structural modeling--these are fairly recent advances in computer based iterative statistical techniques and not well understood by an older generation of academics.

    "Crisis = opportunity + danger."

  • Farther to the South, among the Spano-Mexicans, you meet the game of "monte," -- a card game, distinct from all the others.

    The Quadroon Adventures in the Far West

  • The national game, "monte," there finds fullest illustration, grand marquees being erected for its play -- real temples erected to the goddess Fortuna.

    The Free Lances A Romance of the Mexican Valley

  • Monte in this sense is still used in Spanish-influenced English, mainly in the United States, for a gambling game involving stacks of cards, and is indeed etymologically related to the Italian monte meaning “hill” in that European capital of high-rolling gamblers, Monte Carlo.

    The English Is Coming!

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