craps

noun

plural in form but singular or plural in construction
1
: a gambling game played with two dice
2

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web If the world of Wall Street is a craps table, where one player’s winnings boost everyone else’s, short-sellers are the guys betting against the table. Allison Morrow, CNN, 30 Jan. 2023 This is the same coach who unwinds by playing craps at the Vegas tables and cards at the team hotel. Los Angeles Times, 13 Jan. 2023 Players select from more than 1,100 titles, including online slots, roulette, blackjack, and craps. Dallas News, 28 Oct. 2022 Tropical Breeze Casino visitors can gamble with a variety of offerings including blackjack, craps, poker, roulette and more. Kathleen Christiansen, orlandosentinel.com, 21 Nov. 2021 Odds at the craps table never actually favor the bettor. Dallas News, 9 Nov. 2022 The evening includes craft cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, live music, blackjack, craps and roulette under the stars. San Diego Union-Tribune, 11 Sep. 2022 Manicures, pedicures, massages and knitting lessons were all available for guests to indulge in — as well as tables for people to play blackjack, craps and poker. Lynsey Eidell, PEOPLE.com, 2 June 2022 But that magic is tarnished from the moment an elephant craps directly into camera in the opening scene. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 16 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Louisiana French, from French crabs, craps, from English crabs lowest throw at hazard, from plural of crab entry 1

First Known Use

1842, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of craps was in 1842

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Cite this Entry

“Craps.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/craps. Accessed 6 Jun. 2023.

Kids Definition

craps

noun plural
: a gambling game played with two dice

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