bac·​ca·​rat | \ ˌbä-kə-ˈrä How to pronounce baccarat (audio) , ˌba- \

Definition of baccarat

: a card game resembling chemin de fer in which three hands are dealt and players may bet either or both hands against the dealer's also : a two-handed version in which players may bet on or against either hand

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Recent Examples on the Web Social distancing is a hard sell at the baccarat tables. Rachel Siegel, Washington Post, "All bets are off: Casinos grinding to a halt over coronavirus," 16 Mar. 2020 Board analyst Michael Lawton said casinos reported increases in all categories, including table games, blackjack, roulette, sports betting, slot machines and baccarat. USA TODAY, "Ollie the camel, cactus-juice walls, Can-Am Crown: News from around our 50 states," 2 Mar. 2020 Las Vegas casinos have long courted Chinese gamblers, offering baccarat — one of the most lucrative games in the city — as well as separate rooms for big spenders and extravagant Lunar New Year celebrations. NBC News, "Las Vegas casinos brace for loss of Chinese tourism as coronavirus spreads," 2 Mar. 2020 At the usually bustling Sands casino, more than half of the baccarat tables were unused and only a few gamblers played in silence at others. Joyu Wang And Jing Yang, WSJ, "Coronavirus: Bad Luck Hits Macau Casinos With 15-Day Shutdown," 4 Feb. 2020 At night, the club offers a massive venue, 45 VIP gaming tables with blackjack, baccarat and other table games, and an LED centerpiece developed by lighting designer Steve Lieberman of SJ Lighting, who has designed stages for Coachella. Mackenzie Schmidt,, "See Inside the World's First Guitar-Shaped Hotel: PEOPLE Takes an Exclusive Tour," 24 Oct. 2019 The poker tables were noisy with the clatter of chips, the craps tables were hosting a lively game, and a large group converged at the baccarat tables., "But the Encore has become a significant new draw in the Boston area, even if the gambling traffic is modest by the lofty standards Wynn set in pursuit of its license.," 17 Sep. 2019 Inside the casino on a recent Friday night, many of the baccarat tables were empty, while poker, craps and blackjack all were doing steady business. Jesse Mckinley, New York Times, "Why a $1.2 Billion Gambling Mecca Has Fallen on Hard Times," 16 Aug. 2019 Upon losing yet another hand of baccarat, one of the men betting against us hit the felt top of the table with the side of his fist. Chia-chia Lin, The New Yorker, "A novelist’s stint impersonating the ultra-rich in China.," 16 July 2019

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First Known Use of baccarat

1848, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for baccarat

French baccara

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“Baccarat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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