chemin de fer


che·min de fer

noun \shə-ˌman-də-ˈfer\
plural che·mins de fer \same\

Definition of CHEMIN DE FER

:  a card game in which two hands are dealt, any number of players may bet against the dealer, and the winning hand is the one that comes closer to but does not exceed a count of nine on two or three cards

Origin of CHEMIN DE FER

French, literally, railroad
First Known Use: 1891

chemin de fer

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Card game in which two or three cards are dealt to up to 12 players, who bet one at a time against each other rather than against the house. The winning hand is the one that comes closer to but does not exceed a count of 9. The game (whose French name means “railroad”) derives from baccarat and has similar rules.

Variants of CHEMIN DE FER

chemin de fer or shimmy

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