from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Said of games or contests where three persons play against each other, or two against one.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having three hands.
  • Done, played, etc., with three hands or by three persons: as, three-handed euchre.


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