Definition of cribbage
: a card game for two players in which each player tries to form various counting combinations of cards
Did You Know?
Cribbage is a card game, usually for two players, in which each player tries to form various counting combinations of cards. Each player receives six cards, and the score is kept by moving pegs on a narrow rectangular board. (There is also a five-card variant, as well as four-hand and three-hand variants.) Cribbage was invented by the 17th-cent. English poet and courtier John Suckling. The rules of play, though somewhat involved, are simple enough to make cribbage a popular pastime, particularly in Britain and the United States. The game usually ends at 121 (twice around the board plus one).
Origin and Etymology of cribbage
First Known Use: 1630
CRIBBAGE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of cribbage for English Language Learners
: a card game for two players in which a special board is used to count each player's points
Learn More about cribbage
Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about cribbage
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up cribbage? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).