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  • n. The person who wins the bidding and so declares what suit will be trump.
  • n. One who declares.
  • n. A statement that declares the properties of a variable or contributes to doing so.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who makes known or proclaims; that which exhibits.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who makes known, proclaims, or publishes; one who or that which exhibits or explains.

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

  • n. someone who claims to speak the truth
  • n. the bridge player in contract bridge who wins the bidding and can declare which suit is to be trumps


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  • The only card that will defeat the contract is the ace of clubs, which sets up two club winners in declarer's hand and appears to give back two tricks in clubs for the one you gain in hearts.

    A funny game

  • Now, when you lead a heart, no declarer, that is no ordinary declarer, will place you with yet another ace.


  • _b_ To call the declarer's attention to the fact that too many or too few cards have been played to a trick;

    Auction of To-day

  • Cy was exultant after watching Ed, my club's best player, hornswoggle a good declarer out of a vulnerable game.


  • Winning in dummy, declarer could now have made the contract by finessing the ♣10, but he tried to cash another spade instead.

    Hope for the ordinary player

  • When Iceland held the East-West cards they bid to five diamonds where declarer collected 11 tricks.

    Hope for the ordinary player

  • Convinced by all of this that West still had the ♣Q, East switched to his spade in an effort to cut declarer off from dummy's second spade winner before East's trump could be drawn.

    Hope for the ordinary player

  • If South discarded on the diamond, preserving his trumps till the bitter end, declarer would throw the club from his hand and lead anything from dummy, claiming the last three tricks with the ♥Q, ♥J and ♥9.

    How to lose a sure trump trick

  • But as declarer, West won the spade switch with the ace, led a trump to dummy's king and played a master diamond from the East hand.

    How to lose a sure trump trick

  • North switched to the ♠Q, and South sat back happily – since there was no low trump in dummy, it appeared that declarer could not finesse against the ♥10 and would lose at least one further trick.

    How to lose a sure trump trick


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