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euchre

play
noun eu·chre \ˈyü-kər\

Definition of euchre

  1. :  a card game in which each player is dealt five cards and the player making trump must take three tricks to win a hand



Origin and Etymology of euchre

origin unknown


First Known Use: 1841

Other Game Terms


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euchre

verb eu·chre

Definition of euchre

euchred

euchring

play \-k(ə-)riŋ\
  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to prevent from winning three tricks in euchre

  3. 2 :  cheat, trick <euchred out of their life savings — Pete Martin>



Examples of euchre in a sentence

  1. <a fast-talking speculator who thought that euchring the tribe out of their land would be easy>



Did You Know?

Euchre is a card game for four players that is played in tricks, or rounds, with a deck of 32 cards. Etymologists aren't sure where we got the name for the game, though they do know that it first appeared in English in the mid-19th century. The first sense of the verb euchre arose from an action that takes place during the game: a player is euchred when an opponent blocks him or her from winning three or more tricks after making trump. Deception can often be key to a winning strategy, and sure enough it took almost no time at all for euchre to develop a sense meaning "cheat" or "trick."

1847

First Known Use of euchre

1847

Rhymes with euchre


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