black·​jack | \ˈblak-ˌjak \

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


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

If gambling is no dice, the hotel’s exclusive pool offers an escape from the roulette and blackjack tables. Samantha Swenson, ELLE Decor, "There's a Newcomer to The Strip: the NoMad Las Vegas," 12 Oct. 2018 Annoyed by phonies and undeserving hipsters, Mike meanders through a Pacific Northwest inhabited by hardworking homesick immigrants, waitresses doing double shifts and Native American blackjack dealers with scars and rumpled uniforms. Helene Stapinski, New York Times, "Jungle Mold, Ornithology and Lawn Care: 3 New Novels Find Hilarity in Unexpected Places," 1 June 2018 Games offered on the casino floor include poker, blackjack, Texas Hold 'em and roulette. Brieanna J Frank, azcentral, "Fort McDowell Casino to double its size by 2020 with new expansion," 14 June 2018 Other elements of the expansion include a casino with 3,267 slot machines and 178 table games such as blackjack and baccarat. David Lyons,, "Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood tops off guitar-shaped hotel," 9 July 2018 As in, any excuse to get Sin City onto the sporting calendar should be seized quicker than a pile of blackjack chips pushed your way when the dealer miscounted. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "Las Vegas needs more sports — and sports needs more Vegas," 29 May 2018 Players who hit a blackjack on one of the casino’s electronic machines between 6 and 7:30 p.m. are placed into a drawing for $200 free play. Nick Sortal, miamiherald, "Coconut Creek casino hosting national poker tour stop | Miami Herald," 15 Jan. 2018 An array of performances, including the daredevil dance troupe Bandaloop and a celebrity blackjack tournament, marked the official launch of the $200 million hotel. Meredith Cohn,, "The Live Hotel, attached to the Live Casino, marks its grand opening," 11 July 2018 Old school, new school Off the boardwalk, AC still boasts some old school destinations that are worth venturing from the confines of the nearest blackjack table. Robert Digiacomo, USA TODAY, "New Hard Rock Casino gives Atlantic City a hot hand," 29 June 2018

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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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The first known use of blackjack was circa 1540

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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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