American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A tract more or less thickly covered with shrubby vegetation or scanty forests; a forest. In South America, and especially in the northern part, the word monte is used to designate more or less scantily forested regions or narrow belts of forest vegetation, while montaña is applied to broad, densely forested areas. In Mexico and California monte more generally has the signification of ‘forest.’
- n. A favorite Spanish and Spanish-American gambling-game, played with the Spanish pack of forty cards. The players bet on certain cards of a layout, and win or lose according as others drawn from the pack do or do not match with these. Monte was the most popular of the gambling-games of California in the early times of the gold discoveries.
- n. card games 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
GNU Webster's 1913
- 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.
- 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
- 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)
“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,”
“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”
“Season the sauce with S&P and butter, also known as monte au beurre, and pour sauce over shanks and linguini.”
“Known as monte coca or coca coca, these were occasionally used to adulterate shipments of coca destined for the markets of Cuzco.”
“The monte is the pasture land immediately above the highest enclosed meadows and below the alpe.”
“xviiOne of these banks, operating since 1472, still carries the medieval word monte: the Monte dei Paschi di Siena.”
“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.”
“Farther to the South, among the Spano-Mexicans, you meet the game of "monte," -- a card game, distinct from all the others.”
“The national game, "monte," there finds fullest illustration, grand marquees being erected for its play -- real temples erected to the goddess Fortuna.”
“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.”
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