Definition of euchre
: 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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Origin and Etymology of euchre
First Known Use: 1835See Words from the same year
Examples of euchre in a Sentence
a fast-talking speculator who thought that euchring the tribe out of their land would be easy
Did You Know?
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."
First Known Use of euchre
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