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eu·​chre ˈyü-kər How to pronounce euchre (audio)
: a card game in which each player is dealt five cards and the player making trump must take three tricks to win a hand


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euchred; euchring ˈyü-k(ə-)riŋ How to pronounce euchre (audio)

transitive verb

: to prevent from winning three tricks in euchre
: cheat, trick
euchred out of their life savingsPete Martin

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Euchre is a card game for four players that is played in tricks, or rounds, with a deck of 32 cards. Etymologists aren't sure where we got the name for the game, though they do know that it first appeared in English in the mid-19th century. The first sense of the verb euchre arose from an action that takes place during the game: a player is euchred when an opponent blocks him or her from winning three or more tricks after making trump. Deception can often be key to a winning strategy, and sure enough it took almost no time at all for euchre to develop a sense meaning "cheat" or "trick."

Examples of euchre in a Sentence

Verb a fast-talking speculator who tried to euchre the property owners out of their land
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Word History



origin unknown

First Known Use


1835, in the meaning defined above


1847, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of euchre was in 1835


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“Euchre.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Dec. 2023.

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