chemin de fer

noun
che·min de fer | \shə-ˌman-də-ˈfer \
plural chemins de fer\same  \

Definition of chemin de fer 

: a card game in which two hands are dealt, any number of players may bet against the dealer, and the winning hand is the one that comes closer to but does not exceed a count of nine on two or three cards

First Known Use of chemin de fer

1891, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for chemin de fer

French, literally, railroad

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