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Definition of blackjack

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a card game the object of which is to be dealt cards having a higher count than those of the dealer up to but not exceeding 21

called also twenty-one, vingt-et-un

b : an ace and a face card or ten as the first two cards dealt to a player in the game of blackjack

called also natural, twenty-one

2 : a hand weapon typically consisting of a piece of leather-enclosed metal with a strap or springy shaft for a handle
3 [black + jack (vessel)] : a tankard for beer or ale usually of tar-coated leather
5 : an often scrubby oak (Quercus marilandica) chiefly of the southeastern U.S.

called also blackjack oak


blackjacked; blackjacking; blackjacks

Definition of blackjack (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to strike with a blackjack
2 : to coerce with threats or pressure

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Examples of blackjack in a Sentence

Verb you cannot blackjack me into going along with this a couple of thugs trying to blackjack a shopkeeper into paying protection money
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The floor will have 36 poker tables and 48 blackjack tables. Jen Fifield, azcentral, "Much bigger Desert Diamond Casino near Glendale hiring 1,300 now for February opening," 19 Nov. 2019 The event will feature roulette, blackjack, craps and Texas Hold’em Poker tables. Elliott Lapin, Houston Chronicle, "Crosby Education Foundation to hold Casino Royale fundraiser on Sept. 14," 30 Aug. 2019 The Seminoles stopped paying the state in April as part of a gaming compact giving it exclusive rights over banked card games like blackjack. Gray Rohrer,, "Warnings of economic slowdown, future shortfalls don’t faze Florida lawmakers," 12 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 The makers of Grand Theft Auto V recently internalized that strategy with an audacious plan to have an operational casino within its online extension, including slot machines, horse racing, blackjack, and poker. Noam Cohen, WIRED, "Shoot-'Em-Up Videogames Don't Warp Minds—Big Tech Does," 8 Aug. 2019 Gaming options include over 1,000 slot machines and 19 table games, including $3 blackjack. San Diego Union-Tribune, "What you need to know about the 10 San Diego-area casinos," 8 Sep. 2019 Two sports betting kiosks stand inside the bar and eight are sprinkled throughout the floor, letting a gambler playing blackjack slide over and make a quick bet on an NFL game and then quickly get back to cards. Dana Hunsinger Benbow, Indianapolis Star, "Take a look inside a sports book at one of first Indiana casinos to offer wagering on NFL, NCAA, NBA," 30 Aug. 2019 Ohio lists 608 species of rare plants, from lakeside daisy to blackjack oak. Grant Segall,, "U.S. tightens eligibility for species protections, but Ohio stands pat," 19 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of blackjack


circa 1540, in the meaning defined at sense 3


1905, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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27 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Blackjack.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 15 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of blackjack

: a card game in which the players try to get a score that is higher than that of the dealer but less than or equal to 21
: a small leather-covered metal club used as a hand weapon

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