\ ˈfer-(ˌ)ō How to pronounce faro (audio) \
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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Recent Examples on the Web Legend has it Wyatt Earp frequented the joint while running faro games a few blocks away. Peter Rowe, San Diego Union-Tribune, 18 July 2019 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, 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, 26 Dec. 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, 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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“Faro.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/faro. Accessed 17 Jun. 2021.

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