Definition of faro
: a gambling game in which players bet on cards drawn from a dealing box
Recent Examples of faro from the Web
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.
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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.
Origin and Etymology of faro
probably alteration of earlier pharaoh, translation of French pharaon
First Known Use: 1731See Words from the same year
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