ca·​nas·​ta | \ kə-ˈna-stə How to pronounce canasta (audio) \

Definition of canasta

1 : a form of rummy using two full decks in which players or partnerships try to meld groups of three or more cards of the same rank and score bonuses for 7-card melds
2 : a meld of seven cards of the same rank in canasta

Examples of canasta in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Just after lunch on weekdays at Anchorage Senior Activity Center, a group of women settles into a cluster of tables in the lobby to play Skip-Bo, dominoes and canasta. Julia O'malley, Anchorage Daily News, 17 June 2022 After all, the Italian variety tends to elicit memories of that mauve syrupy schlock nonnas drink playing canasta. Adam H. Graham, Condé Nast Traveler, 30 Sep. 2021 The senior center opened June 1 with activities like bridge, bingo, mahjong and canasta at the Highland Park Country Club. Steve Sadin,, 29 June 2021 If Monday proved anything, it’s that the Spurs’ older players are not quite ready to hang up their high-tops for a life of shuffleboard and canasta. Jeff Mcdonald,, 18 Jan. 2021 Offerings range from cultural such as virtual museum tours and concerts to current events, tech classes and lessons for online canasta. Mort Mazor,, 14 Aug. 2020 Bob was an avid canasta player, loved theatre and reading and was an expert at poker and played golf., 19 Aug. 2019 Mildred was a bookkeeper, avid canasta player, and devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother., 10 July 2018 Adult programming at the Mandel JCC Boynton Beach branch include canasta and mah jongg sessions as well as weekly discussion groups on a wide variety of topics. Marvin Glassman, Jewish Journal, 6 June 2018 See More

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First Known Use of canasta

1948, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for canasta

Spanish, literally, basket

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23 Jun 2022

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“Canasta.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Aug. 2022.

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