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 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 Which means, really, the race could be better than canasta in somebody’s suburban basement. John Baer,, 15 May 2018 Eighty guests joined 20 members in playing bingo, canasta, bridge and progressive rummy. Joyce Rudolph,, 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, 14 Mar. 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 23 Jun. 2021.

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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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