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plural -s
: a two-handed card game which is played with a 32-card pack and in which each player is dealt 5 cards and has the right to replace any or all of them before play can begin, the object being to win at least 3 tricks in a given hand


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ballet, of the legs
: held wide apart with an oblique side extension of one foot and the same arm

Word History



French, from past participle of écarter to discard, from é- (from Latin ex-) + -carter (from carte card)


French, past participle of écarter to separate, spread apart, from Old French escarter, from (assumed) Vulgar Latin exquartare to divide into four parts, from Latin ex- + (assumed) Vulgar Latin -quartare, from Latin quartus fourth

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“écarté.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/%C3%A9cart%C3%A9. Accessed 23 Jun. 2024.

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