chouette

noun

chou·​ette
shüˈet,
ˈshwet
plural -s
: a method of scoring by which more than two persons can participate in a two-handed game (such as backgammon), one player accepting the bets of all other players on the result of a game between that player and one other active player see in the box at box entry 2, captain sense 1p

Word History

Etymology

French, from faire la chouette to play a lone hand at cards, literally, to act like a barn owl, from chouette barn owl, alteration of Old French çuete, of imitative origin

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“Chouette.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/chouette. Accessed 4 Feb. 2023.

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