1

euchre

noun eu·chre \ ˈyü-kər \
Updated on: 7 Nov 2017

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

euchre was our Word of the Day on 01/22/2013. Hear the podcast!

Recent Examples of euchre from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'euchre.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

Origin and Etymology of euchre

origin unknown

Other Game Terms


2

euchre

verb

Definition of euchre

euchred; euchring play \ˈyü-k(ə-)riŋ\
transitive verb
1 : to prevent from winning three tricks in euchre
2 : cheat, trick
  • euchred out of their life savings
  • —Pete Martin

Examples of euchre in a Sentence

  1. 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

1847



Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up euchre? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

ditzy

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Find the Cousins

  • a-large-tree-with-many-branches
  • Which pair shares a common word ancestor?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!