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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 Chairs must be removed so people at gaming machines like slot machines don't sit next to each other, and blackjack tables should be limited to three players, craps to six and roulette and poker to four. NBC News, "Fewer players will be allowed once Nevada casino gambling resumes," 6 May 2020 Compulsive gambling was a natural exacerbation of Chapman’s childhood gaming habits, which included blackjack and roulette video games. Cecilia D'anastasio, Wired, "The Entire History of World of Warcraft," 23 Apr. 2020 More than 1,100 silent slot machines with colorful displays sit beside dozens of blackjack and poker tables still covered in shrink wrap, lining the floor inside the new Desert Diamond Casino West Valley, set to open 8 p.m. Feb. 19. Joshua Bowling, azcentral, "See the latest photos of the new Desert Diamond Casino West Valley opening Feb. 19," 28 Jan. 2020 There are 36 poker tables, 48 blackjack tables, 1,136 slot machines and live bingo. Kimi Robinson, azcentral, "The new Desert Diamond Casino is open in Glendale. Here's a guide to games, food, drinks," 5 Mar. 2020 In blackjack, the house has a half-percent advantage. Tyler Kepner, New York Times, "Technology, Once the Astros’ Ally, Helps Do Them In," 13 Jan. 2020 As for the entertainment, expect ballroom dance demonstrations, cash bars (booze isn’t included in this one) and a VIP section with blackjack and craps tables. Beth Rankin, The Know, "End the decade with a blowout at these Denver New Year’s Eve parties," 19 Dec. 2019 Jamie began running a high-limits blackjack table with a fifty-dollar buy-in. Paige Williams, The New Yorker, "The Wrong Way to Fight the Opioid Crisis," 3 Feb. 2020 Commercial casinos, by contrast, have slot machines, craps, roulette wheels and card games such as blackjack. Washington Post, "Nebraska measure could tip the number of states with casinos," 30 June 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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The first known use of blackjack was circa 1540

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14 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Blackjack.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2020.

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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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