brelan

noun bre·lan \brəläⁿ\

Definition of brelan

plural

brelans

\-äⁿ(z)\
  1. 1 :  an old French gambling game somewhat like poker

  2. 2 :  three of a kind

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Origin and Etymology of brelan

French, from Old French brelenc, berlenc gaming table, gambling house, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German bretling small board, from bret board + -ling; akin to Old English & Old Saxon bred board, Old English bord — more at board


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