eu·​chre | \ ˈyü-kər How to pronounce euchre (audio) \

Definition of euchre

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a card game in which each player is dealt five cards and the player making trump must take three tricks to win a hand


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

Definition of euchre (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to prevent from winning three tricks in euchre
2 : cheat, trick euchred out of their life savings— Pete 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 thought that euchring the tribe out of their land would be easy
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In my family, no Thanksgiving weekend has ever been complete without a euchre tournament. Laura Johnston, cleveland, 21 Nov. 2020 There were at various points a euchre and lotto party, a newsboy parade, an auto race and — a true novelty at the time — an air show, all to will Hope Haven into reality. Mike Scott,, 29 Sep. 2020 Snarples is popular among hockey players, an apparent mix of euchre and hearts. Matthew Defranks, Dallas News, 28 July 2020 Does the author dislike a round of euchre around the family table after dinner? Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, 3 July 2020 Special to IndyStar Joe Kernan and his friends used to have euchre nights. Jason Kelly, The Indianapolis Star, 10 July 2020 Evers, a 67-year-old former elementary school principal from Plymouth who indulges in Egg McMuffins and games of euchre, defeated Walker — one of the most formidable politicians the state had ever seen. Patrick Marley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 27 Dec. 2019 Some get together and walk and still others get together and golf while others play euchre. Sara Clarkson,, 13 Aug. 2019 Awestruck Festival Holy Cross Lutheran Church hosts a family fun event including water games, cornhole, food trucks, art vendors, a euchre tent, live music and more. Chris Sims, Indianapolis Star, 12 June 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The American history of the game goes back a couple of centuries, but ties euchre to Midwestern auto workers, who could play an entire match during a single coffee and/or lunch break. Laura Johnston, cleveland, 21 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of euchre


1835, in the meaning defined above


1847, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for euchre


origin unknown

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“Euchre.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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