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


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 In another case, Russel Won beat an inmate and watched his sergeant club him in the head with a blackjack, according to the Civil Beat. Star Tribune, "Analysis of police misconduct record laws in all 50 states," 12 May 2021 On a recent afternoon, the school was packed with students practicing flipping cards onto empty blackjack tables while others rolled dice at craps. Lucy Kafanov, CNN, "'The worst of all the catastrophes' recedes in Vegas," 23 Apr. 2021 Save some money for the blackjack tables and fly to Las Vegas for less than $50. Peter Rasmussen, San Antonio Express-News, "You can fly nonstop to Las Vegas for $48 from San Antonio," 20 Apr. 2021 DraftKings currently offers such games, including blackjack and roulette, in four states., "Draftkings, thriving in the pandemic, now sees better odds of success," 11 Apr. 2021 The constitutional amendment authorizes the Gaming Commission to approve a full range of casino games, including slot machines, table games such as blackjack, craps, and roulette, and electronic games such as video poker and historical horse races. Mike Cason |, al, "What’s in Alabama’s plan for a lottery, casinos, and sports betting?," 17 Apr. 2021 On the casino floors, with few windows or clocks, problem gamblers lose themselves in the rhythm of poker, slots, blackjack or other wagers, and a cacophony of pop music, shouts, beeps and chimes. Washington Post, "Amid pandemic, self-barred gamblers are returning to casinos," 6 Apr. 2021 At any rate, Ulis’ serious blackjack-playing days are in the past. oregonlive, "Why would an Arizona congressional candidate launch his campaign in the Pacific Northwest? D.B. Cooper, of course," 6 Apr. 2021 On the casino floors, with few windows or clocks, problem gamblers lose themselves in the rhythm of poker, slots, blackjack or other wagers, and a cacophony of pop music, shouts, beeps and chimes. Jeff Barker,, "These gamblers took dramatic steps to be barred from entering a Maryland casino again. Then they went anyhow.," 1 Apr. 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., "Revenue at Mass. casinos hit pre-pandemic levels in March," 15 Apr. 2021

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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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15 May 2021

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“Blackjack.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 May. 2021.

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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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