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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To declare or display (a card or combination of cards in a hand) for inclusion in one's score in various card games, such as pinochle.
  • intransitive verb To present a meld.
  • noun A combination of cards to be declared for a score.
  • intransitive verb To cause to merge.
  • intransitive verb To become merged.
  • noun A blend or merger.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • In penuchle, to announce (any counting combination in the hand), such as sequence in trumps, 150; in card-games in general, to declare.
  • noun In penuchle, the announcement of any counting combination in the hand: as, a meld of 60 queens; in cardgames in general, a declaration.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • verb (Card Playing) In the game of pinochle, to declare or announce for a score.
  • verb to mix together so that the components are indistinguishable.
  • noun (Card Playing) Any combination or score which may be declared, or melded, in pinochle.
  • noun A form of rummy using two decks and four jokers; jokers and dueces are wild; the object is to meld groups of seven of the same rank.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb In card games, especially of the rummy family, to announce or display a combination of cards.
  • noun A combination of cards which is melded.
  • verb US to combine two similar objects into one

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

  • verb mix together different elements
  • verb lose its distinct outline or shape; blend gradually
  • verb announce for a score; of cards in a card game
  • noun a form of rummy using two decks of cards and four jokers; jokers and deuces are wild; the object is to form groups of the same rank

Etymologies

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

[Probably German melden, to announce, from Middle High German, from Old High German meldōn.]

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

[Perhaps blend of melt and weld.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Probably from Dutch melden ("report, announce").

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Possibly a portmanteau of “melt” and “weld”; alternatively, from English “melled” (“blended”), from Old French meller (“to mix”).

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