fan-tan

noun
\ˈfan-ˌtan \

Definition of fan-tan 

1 : a Chinese gambling game in which the banker divides a pile of objects (such as beans) into fours and players bet on what number will be left at the end of the count

2 : a card game in which players must build in sequence upon sevens and attempt to be the first one out of cards

First Known Use of fan-tan

1878, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for fan-tan

Chinese (Guangdong) fāantāan

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about fan-tan

Statistics for fan-tan

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for fan-tan

The first known use of fan-tan was in 1878

See more words from the same year

More from Merriam-Webster on fan-tan

See words that rhyme with fan-tan

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about fan-tan

Comments on fan-tan

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

WORD OF THE DAY

a state of commotion or excitement

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words from Greek and Roman Mythology Quiz

  • the-triumph-of-venus-by-alessandro-magnasco
  • Boreal comes from the name of the ancient Greek god of which wind?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

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!