faro

play
noun \ˈfer-(ˌ)ō\

Definition of faro

plural

faros

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

Did You Know?

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: 1731


Learn More about faro

  1. Spanish Central: Translation of faro Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about faro


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