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Definition of craps

1 : a gambling game played with two dice

Examples of craps in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web She is raised by a gambler father who teaches her that the lessons of life are akin to the action at the craps table, and a mother whose corpse is eaten by coyotes after a desert car wreck. J. Michael Lennon, Washington Post, "A new collection of Joan Didion’s work reminds us that she is her most memorable character," 7 Nov. 2019 The poker tables were noisy with the clatter of chips, the craps tables were hosting a lively game, and a large group converged at the baccarat tables. BostonGlobe.com, "But the Encore has become a significant new draw in the Boston area, even if the gambling traffic is modest by the lofty standards Wynn set in pursuit of its license.," 17 Sep. 2019 Twenty-five states – including neighboring Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and South Dakota – allow commercial casino gambling with games such as slot machines, craps and roulette wheels, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. USA TODAY, "Women in baseball, Lynyrd Skynyrd, circus fire: News from around our 50 states," 1 July 2019 The National Conference of State Legislatures says 25 states allow casino gambling with games such as slot machines, craps and roulette wheels. Washington Post, "Nebraska measure could tip the number of states with casinos," 30 June 2019 Inside the casino on a recent Friday night, many of the baccarat tables were empty, while poker, craps and blackjack all were doing steady business. Jesse Mckinley, New York Times, "Why a $1.2 Billion Gambling Mecca Has Fallen on Hard Times," 16 Aug. 2019 One executive said his staffers were kicked off a craps table for disrupting gameplay with incessant phone use. Jake Fischer, SI.com, "‘They Saw the Future.’ Clipper Darrell Relishes Kawhi Leonard, Paul George Blockbuster," 6 July 2019 Commercial casinos, by contrast, have slot machines, craps, roulette wheels and card games such as blackjack. Washington Post, "Nebraska measure could tip the number of states with casinos," 30 June 2019 Cash pulled in at $5 and $10 craps games after middle school and selling $10 bags of marijuana could. Clarence Williams, Washington Post, "They were friends as kids, then on opposite sides of the law. Now they’re mentoring D.C. teens together.," 11 Jan. 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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21 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Craps.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/craps. Accessed 11 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of craps

: a game played for money with two dice

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