chemin de fer

noun

che·​min de fer shə-ˌman-də-ˈfer How to pronounce chemin de fer (audio)
plural chemins de fer shə-ˌman-də-ˈfer How to pronounce chemin de fer (audio)
: 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

Examples of chemin de fer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web On the light-colored front dial, a chemin de fer minute track frames a central rectangle decorated with a sunray guilloché pattern; applied Arabic numerals line the periphery. Victoria Gomelsky, Robb Report, 29 Apr. 2021

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Word History

Etymology

French, literally, railroad

First Known Use

1891, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of chemin de fer was in 1891

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“Chemin de fer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/chemin%20de%20fer. Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

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