noun \ˈfer-(ˌ)ō\
plural far·os

Definition of FARO

:  a gambling game in which players bet on cards drawn from a dealing box

Origin of FARO

probably alteration of earlier pharaoh, translation of French pharaon
First Known Use: 1731

Rhymes with FARO


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

One of the oldest gambling games played with cards. Its name probably derives from the picture of a pharaoh on an early set. It was popular in Europe in the 18th–19th century and in the U.S. in the 19th century. The game involves betting on the rank, or number, of a card drawn from a dealing box. It is still played in a few casinos.


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