\ ˈfan-ˌtan How to pronounce fan-tan (audio) \

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

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“Fan-tan.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 May. 2020.

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