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Definition of cribbage

: a card game for two players in which each player tries to form various counting combinations of cards

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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).

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Recent Examples on the Web Craig had a great love of competitive games like Stratego, cribbage, & pool., "Craig R. Anderson," 13 Dec. 2019 The crew frequents restaurants around Minneapolis — Burch Steak and Zelo are favorites — and play card games like Shnarps and cribbage to pass the time on the road. Dane Mizutani, Twin Cities, "Wild’s Matt Dumba unafraid to stand out: ‘I’m just being myself’," 11 Oct. 2019 Nelson wrote poetry and was a skilled cribbage and poker player. Kieran Nicholson, The Denver Post, "“Papa Bear” Nelson, longtime cabbie, vendor at ballgames, dies at 78 in Westminster," 17 Nov. 2019 Glendale, hosts teams of two in a cribbage tournament. Kathy Flanigan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee breweries will celebrate all things beer during Drink Brew City Week," 13 July 2018 Dauwalter passed that time playing cribbage with her crew. Ariella Gintzler, Outside Online, "Ultrarunner Courtney Dauwalter Wins by Stressing Less," 28 June 2018 Richard enjoyed spending time with his grandson, volunteering for the community, playing cribbage and collecting coins. Hartford Courant,, "Richard Anthony Zommer," 10 June 2018 The Senior Challenge is a cribbage tournament in which each player plays seven games against seven different opponents. Linda Mcintosh,, "Honor Court held for Eagle Scouts in RSF," 16 Feb. 2018 NORTH COUNTY Seniors invited to play in cribbage tournament The next Senior Challenge Cribbage match will be held at 12:15 p.m. Thursday at the Vista Elks Lodge, 1947 E. Vista Way, Vista. Linda Mcintosh,, "Honor Court held for Eagle Scouts in RSF," 16 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of cribbage

1630, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cribbage

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17 Feb 2020

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“Cribbage.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of cribbage

: a card game for two players in which a special board is used to count each player's points

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