de·​clar·​er di-ˈkler-ər How to pronounce declarer (audio)
: one that declares
specifically : the bridge player who names the trump and plays both his or her own hand and that of the dummy

Examples of declarer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Sanders, also an early declarer, played as an edge rusher at Alabama but transferred after notching 24 tackles and one sack in 2021. Tom Murphy, Arkansas Online, 29 Apr. 2023 The declarer merely wants to set a marker for everyone to see. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 4 Nov. 2021 When declarer repeated the finesse, West won and shifted to the jack of clubs, and South ended up down three. Frank Stewart, The Mercury News, 21 Sep. 2019 In a penny game, Louie was declarer at four spades, and West led a trump. Frank Stewart, The Mercury News, 25 Sep. 2019 In today’s deal, South became declarer at a routine-looking four spades, and West led a heart. Frank Stewart, The Mercury News, 20 Sep. 2019 This week’s deals have focused on proper timing by declarer. Frank Stewart, The Mercury News, 9 Aug. 2019 West takes the queen and leads another diamond, and declarer wins and takes the ace of hearts. Frank Stewart, The Mercury News, 27 June 2019 Former world champion Peter Weichsel was declarer in today’s deal (reported by Barry Rigal) in the Platinum Pairs. Frank Stewart, The Mercury News, 10 June 2019 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of declarer was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Declarer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Dec. 2023.

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