faro

noun
\ 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.

Examples of faro in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Chicken en chemise consists of a skin-on breast stuffed with chicken sausage (the chemise, or shirt, refers to the caul-fat layer that binds the sausage), served over a tasty melange of faro grain, golden raisins and pine nuts. chicagotribune.com, "Review: Vie delivers unfettered fine-dining enchantment," 12 Nov. 2019 Their day-long menu can begin with avocado toast or a chia granola parfait and then segue to gourmet salads such as their own take on a Waldorf: kale with cashew cream, faro, carrots, walnuts, oranges, avocado, cranberries, sprouts and seeds. Greg Morago, Houston Chronicle, "First look: Politan Row dining hall in Rice Village," 7 Nov. 2019 Smoked sea scallops with faro and Vidalia onion sauce ($24) was exquisite, and our dining companion couldn’t find fault with his steak. Pamela Wright, BostonGlobe.com, "When in Connecticut, head for the Hills," 28 Aug. 2019 Legend has it Wyatt Earp frequented the joint while running faro games a few blocks away. Peter Rowe, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Beer and Ninja Turtles, a refreshing Comic-Con combo," 18 July 2019 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 Legend has it Wyatt Earp frequented the joint while running faro games a few blocks away. Peter Rowe, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Beer and Ninja Turtles, a refreshing Comic-Con combo," 18 July 2019 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

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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 9 Jul. 2020.

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