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 Bob was an avid canasta player, loved theatre and reading and was an expert at poker and played golf., "Robert J. Cohn," 19 Aug. 2019 Mildred was a bookkeeper, avid canasta player, and devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother., "Deaths in South Florida: 7/10," 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, "JCC summer programming changing with the times," 6 June 2018 Which means, really, the race could be better than canasta in somebody’s suburban basement. John Baer,, "Pennsylvania voters face a governor's race with starkly different candidates | John Baer," 15 May 2018 Eighty guests joined 20 members in playing bingo, canasta, bridge and progressive rummy. Joyce Rudolph,, "Community: Entities prove service to community is top priority," 27 Mar. 2018 There's always a class going on at the center for the community to enjoy such as yoga, quilting, karate, dominoes and canasta. Kaila Contreras, Houston Chronicle, "Huffman history: May Community Center hosts events near Lake Houston," 14 Mar. 2018 Jacquie always had more energy than any two people, playing tennis and canasta, swimming and painting as a young working mother, and filling her later years with ceramics, water ballet, ushering, and bridge., "Deaths in South Florida: 2/24," 24 Feb. 2018 As a recent cancer survivor, Barbara loved to exercise, play bridge, knit, and was starting a new hobby, learning to play canasta with her friends in Florida., "Deaths in South Florida: 2/2," 2 Feb. 2018

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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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“Canasta.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of canasta

: a type of card game that is played with two decks of cards

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