\ˈkraps \

Definition of craps 

1 : a gambling game played with two dice

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This is such a basic function: a human goes into a cave, craps, and leaves it there. National Geographic, "When, How Did the First Americans Arrive? It’s Complicated.," 9 June 2018 People were killed in cards and craps games and in Italian Market barbershops and on steamships and by drunken sailors and stalking suitors. Mike Newall, Philly.com, "Locked away in a closet, Philly's historical homicide files tell the story of a young, cruel city | Mike Newall," 22 June 2018 Casinos have slots, poker and other table games such as baccarat, craps and roulette. Hugo Martin, latimes.com, "Sports gambling may be coming to California — but it's unclear who will take your bets," 20 May 2018 Gasp as the puck strikes the shaft of his outstretched stick, smack on the M in CCM, before it is safely corralled like chips at a craps table. Alex Prewitt, SI.com, "Braden Holtby Delivers a Resilient Game 2 Performance to Secure Washington's Win," 31 May 2018 For two weeks, Frank avoided the bunk room, spending his days playing craps on deck. Jon Lee Anderson, The New Yorker, "The Diplomat Who Quit the Trump Administration," 19 May 2018 Hull, Wade — Sept. 10, 1919: Hull, 48, was fatally shot as the other officers raided a craps game. Indianapolis Star, "Officers killed in the line of duty," 6 July 2014 There is also a casino night dinner starting at 5:30 p.m. that includes a silent auction, raffle, craps, blackjack, and more. Kathy Shiels Tully, BostonGlobe.com, "Picture a children’s book about a Marathon bombing survivor and her service dog," 27 Apr. 2018 But with Rivers having not missed a single meaningful snap in the regular season, Chargers Football Company, LLC has weathered this long-running game at the craps table. Tom Krasovic, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Philip Rivers, once again, could yield Draft Night dividend for Chargers," 24 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of craps

1842, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for craps

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

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The first known use of craps was in 1842

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craps

noun

English Language Learners Definition of craps

: a game played for money with two dice

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