: any of several card games for two or more players in which each player tries to assemble groups of three or more cards of the same rank or suit and to be the first to meld them all
Origin of RUMMY
perhaps from 1rummy
First Known Use: 1915
Family of card games. The many variants of rummy make it one of the world's best-known and most widely played card games. The basic principle of rummy (also spelled rum, rhum, or romme) is to form sets of three or four cards of the same rank (as four 8s, three 6s) or sequences of three or more cards of the same suit (6–5–4–3, all of diamonds, e.g.). Canasta is an unusual type of rummy, in that sequences are not permitted. See also gin rummy.