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

  • n. Any of a set of usually 78 playing cards including 22 cards depicting vices, virtues, and elemental forces, used in fortunetelling.
  • n. Any of these 22 pictoral cards used as trump in tarok.
  • n. Tarok.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A card game played in various different variations.
  • n. Any of the set of 78 playing cards (divided into five suits, including one of permanent trumps), often used for mystical divination.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A game of cards; -- called also taroc.
  • n. any of a set of 22 playing cards which bear allegorical images representing various objects or influences affecting human life, and widely used in fortunetelling; they are also used as trumps in the game of taroc. Various images are used by different artists to represent the themes of each card.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One of a pack of playing-cards first used in Italy in the fourteenth century, and so named from the design of plain or dotted lines crossing diagonally on the back of the cards.
  • n. A game played with the above cards: often used in the plural.

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

  • n. any of a set of (usually 72) cards that include 22 cards representing virtues and vices and death and fortune etc.; used by fortunetellers


French, from Italian tarocco.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French tarot, from Italian tarocco. Compare tarock. (Wiktionary)



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