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canasta

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noun ca·nas·ta \kə-ˈnas-tə\

Simple Definition of canasta

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

Full Definition of canasta

  1. 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. 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


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