blackjack

noun
black·​jack | \ ˈblak-ˌjak How to pronounce blackjack (audio) \

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

blackjack

verb
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

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 Now, anyone 21 years or older can drive into the Nutmeg State and place a sports bet or play some blackjack by the side of the road. BostonGlobe.com, 20 Oct. 2021 Grandma Fern was an Auntie Mame, see-the-world type, the kind of grandmother who would take you to a piano bar or teach you how to play blackjack. New York Times, 8 Oct. 2021 The problems with Bitcoin go beyond the chances of individual investors losing their money, said Ben McKenzie and Jacob Silverman at Slate, because crypto investing is as risky as sitting down at the blackjack table. The Week Staff, The Week, 31 Oct. 2021 In addition to poker, blackjack and roulette, there’s a gold rush-style can-can show, as well as local artists on the stage. Scott Mcmurren, Anchorage Daily News, 24 July 2021 Plexiglass panels installed to separate gamblers at the poker and blackjack tables have largely been removed, the world-famous buffets are reopening, and nightclub dance floors are packed. Michelle L. Price, Star Tribune, 3 July 2021 Plexiglass panels installed to separate gamblers at the poker and blackjack tables have largely been removed, the world-famous buffets are reopening, and nightclub dance floors are packed. Michelle L. Price, USA TODAY, 3 July 2021 Plexiglass panels installed to separate gamblers at the poker and blackjack tables have largely been removed, the world-famous buffets are reopening, and nightclub dance floors are packed. Michelle L. Price, chicagotribune.com, 3 July 2021 Though San Diego State will be in Las Vegas this weekend for its Mountain West game against UNLV, don’t expect SDSU head coach Brady Hoke to carve out any time to sit at a slot machine or anchor a spot at a blackjack table. San Diego Union-Tribune, 16 Nov. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The casino may be able to pick up some additional money from tables, after the gaming commission in mid-March allowed craps to resume and blackjack tables to expand. BostonGlobe.com, 15 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of blackjack

Noun

circa 1540, in the meaning defined at sense 3

Verb

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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Last Updated

15 Jan 2022

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“Blackjack.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/blackjack. Accessed 26 Jan. 2022.

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More Definitions for blackjack

blackjack

noun

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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