faro

noun
\ ˈfer-(ˌ)ō \
plural faros

Definition of faro 

: a gambling game in which players bet on cards drawn from a dealing box

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This is one of the oldest gambling games played with cards. The name faro probably derives from the picture of a pharaoh on an early set of cards. It was popular in Europe in the 18th and 19th centuries, and in the US in the 19th century. The game involves betting on the rank, or number, of a card drawn from a dealing box. It is still played in a few casinos.

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Choose your main from options like slow-roasted prime rib, avocado-toast Benedict, roasted scallops and roasted tomato faro risotto. Georgann Yara, azcentral, "50-plus restaurants for Mother’s Day brunch, dinner and deals in Phoenix," 7 May 2018 Some said Showers had dealt faro to Henry Clay and Daniel Webster at the Palace of Fortune, better known as the Hall of the Bleeding Heart, back in Washington, D.C. Darryl Levings, kansascity, "Bob Potee was KC's courtly 19th century gambling king | The Kansas City Star," 26 Jan. 2018 As the plot moves toward an unforgettable hand of faro, the characters, with a little help from magical realism, exemplify the role and impact of chance in our lives. Amy Wang, OregonLive.com, "Bookmarks: 2018 Authors Conference, a last look at 2017 titles," 26 Dec. 2017 There is faro, in which a lambic is sweetened a bit with caramelized sugar and is traditionally served flat, although carbonated versions are available. Paula Forbes, GQ, "Why Brussels Makes for the Ultimate Beer Vacation," 25 Sep. 2017 Thrusting into the sky from the edge of the Pacific, Tijuana’s lighthouse, or faro, sends out a beacon where the northwestern nook of Latin America edges against the southwestern tip of the United States. Patrick J. Mcdonnell, latimes.com, "Where the border fence meets the sea, a strange beach scene contrasting the U.S. and Mexico," 4 Sep. 2017 Thrusting into the sky from the edge of the Pacific, Tijuana’s lighthouse, or faro, sends out a beacon where the northwestern nook of Latin America edges against the southwestern tip of the United States. Patrick J. Mcdonnell, sacbee, "Where the border fence meets the sea, a strange beach scene contrasts U.S., Mexico," 4 Sep. 2017 The breakfast bowl is filled with stir-fried wheat berries, freekeh, faro, marinated greens, blistered red onion, lemon-herb vinaigrette, pepita romesco, and poached egg. Brittany Martin, Los Angeles Magazine, "The 50 Best Breakfast Spots in L.A. Right Now," 31 Aug. 2017 The police officially gave shops in Chinatown some leeway with lottery games, but this clearly went beyond that exception, with chuck-a-luck, blackjack and faro as well as craps. OregonLive.com, "Portland gloried in its sexy, secret gambling dens in the 1930s: Take our walking tour," 23 May 2017

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First Known Use of faro

1731, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for faro

probably alteration of earlier pharaoh, translation of French pharaon

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The first known use of faro was in 1731

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