verb \ˈhwist, ˈwist\

Definition of WHIST

intransitive verb
dial British
:  to be silent :  hush —often used interjectionally to enjoin silence

Origin of WHIST

Middle English; imitative
First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with WHIST



Definition of WHIST

:  quiet, silent

First Known Use of WHIST

15th century



: a type of card game for two teams of two players each

Full Definition of WHIST

:  a card game for four players in two partnerships that is played with a pack of 52 cards and that scores one point for each trick in excess of six

Origin of WHIST

alteration of earlier whisk, probably from 2whisk; from whisking up the tricks
First Known Use: 1663

Other Game Terms

bezique, carom, convention, crap, euchre, gambit, monte, parlay, tierce


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Card game. It belongs to a family that includes bridge whist and bridge, each of which developed in succession from the original game of whist. The essential features of card games in the whist family are: four people usually play, two against two as partners; a full 52-card deck is dealt out evenly so that each player holds 13 cards; the object of play is to win tricks, and win or loss is determined by the number of tricks taken (as distinct from games such as pinochle, in which it is determined by the value of card points taken in tricks). Whist originated in 17th-century England.


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