crib·​bage | \ ˈkri-bij How to pronounce cribbage (audio) \

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 In 1968, town officials planned an auction to sell five thousand pounds of antlers, hoping to attract makers of gun racks and cribbage boards. The New Yorker, 7 Mar. 2022 Or how Corren was the 11th or 12th-ranked woman in cribbage in America. Timothy Fanning, San Antonio Express-News, 17 Dec. 2021 The outdoor fireplace is a favorite evening backdrop for the couple’s cribbage games. Alina Dizik, WSJ, 12 Oct. 2021 Marvin Voss, a realtor from Beaverton, loved cribbage. oregonlive, 29 Dec. 2020 Cousin Lou would always be on Madgie’s porch, playing cribbage with the adults. Helen Shriver Riley,, 29 Aug. 2021 The former longtime Columbia resident who had lived in Ellicott City for the last decade was an avid bridge and cribbage player and hockey fan. Frederick N. Rasmussen,, 31 July 2021 But what worried me most was how this might affect his cribbage game. Kevin Fisher-paulson, San Francisco Chronicle, 13 July 2021 After months of quiet at the Center for Active Living in York, Maine — no seniors coming in for a cup of coffee and a muffin, no lively cribbage games or field trips — chef Nancy Garfield had an idea last fall., 1 June 2021 See More

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First Known Use of cribbage

1630, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cribbage

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“Cribbage.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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