canasta


ca·nas·ta

noun \kə-ˈnas-tə\

: a type of card game that is played with two decks of cards

Full Definition of CANASTA

1
:  a form of rummy using two full decks in which players or partnerships try to meld groups of three or more cards of the same rank and score bonuses for 7-card melds
2
:  a meld of seven cards of the same rank in canasta

Origin of CANASTA

Spanish, literally, basket
First Known Use: 1948

Rhymes with CANASTA

canasta

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Form of rummy, using two full decks, in which players or partnerships try to meld groups of three or more cards of the same rank and score bonuses for seven-card melds. Eleven cards are dealt to each player, the undealt portion of the pack is placed on the table, and the top card is turned up to start the discard pile. Each player in turn must draw, may meld, and must discard one card. A hand ends when a player melds his last card (goes out). Canasta originated in Uruguay in the late 1940s; its name (meaning “basket”) is probably a reference to the tray for holding discards.

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