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black·​jack ˈblak-ˌjak How to pronounce blackjack (audio)
: 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

: 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

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

called also blackjack oak


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blackjacked; blackjacking; blackjacks

transitive verb

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

Examples of blackjack in a Sentence

Verb you cannot blackjack me into going along with this an extortionist trying to blackjack a shopkeeper into paying protection money
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Word History



black entry 1 + jack entry 1


derivative of blackjack entry 1

First Known Use


circa 1540, in the meaning defined at sense 3


1905, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of blackjack was circa 1540

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Cite this Entry

“Blackjack.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


: a small leather-covered club with a flexible handle
: a small oak of the southern U.S. with very dark bark

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