Definitions

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

  • n. Games See blackjack.

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  • n. The card game pontoon.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A popular game at cards, played by any number of persons with the full pack.

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

  • n. a gambling game using cards; the object is to hold cards having a higher count than those dealt to the banker up to but not exceeding 21

Etymologies

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

French, twenty-one : vingt, twenty + et, and + un, one.

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From French vingt-et-un ‘twenty-one’.

Examples

  • If dating was vingt-et-un, I'd always, invariably, get a crap hand like thirteen or fourteen, go for another card and get a king...

    Archive 2008-03-01

  • The Moslems do indulge in opium and the Alfurus in sagwire*, but gambling is restricted to the Rajah and the headmen—strangely enough, their favorite game is vingt-et-un. my bold emphasis

    North Coast Culture

  • Il y avait vingt-et-un ans que j'étais en purgatoire, oublié de ma parenté et de mes amis...

    Les Anges et les Âmes du Purgatoire

  • After admiring the splendors of the apartment and the beautiful women there displayed, who had all outdone each other in their dress for this occasion, Oscar was taken by the hand and led by Florentine to a vingt-et-un table.

    A Start in Life

  • In the salon, the women were playing at vingt-et-un, kept by Nathan, the celebrated author.

    A Start in Life

  • Or leaning over the green baize card table, watching while she and Isolde played vingt-et-un.

    Sepulchre

  • They had also come to invite her to play vingt-et-un one evening at Mrs. Merriman's.

    The Awakening

  • There was quite a crowd round the table in the salon, where Bentinck was presiding over vingt-et-un, amid great merriment.

    Flash For Freedom

  • But I ignored him, and told Fanny we must now pass the bank to D'Israeli, since he had scored vingt-et-un.

    Flash For Freedom

  • Bryant, who had raised a great laugh by coming round to touch Aunt Selina's mittened hand for luck, said we should have a fair deal at last, since I had been notoriously the worst vingt-et-un player in the whole Light Cavalry -- there was more polite mirth at this, and I gave him a hard look as he went back to Mrs Locke, and wondered to myself just what he had meant by that.

    Flash For Freedom

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