game of chance

noun phrase

: a game (such as a dice game) in which chance rather than skill determines the outcome

Examples of game of chance in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The college casino, in other words, is not entirely a game of chance. Paul Tough, New York Times, 5 Sep. 2023 Also, stay away from games of chance or friendly natives who want to give you gifts. Christopher Elliott, USA TODAY, 26 Aug. 2023 Elevator rides have become a game of chance, with losers sometimes posting videos of their predicaments. Nabih Bulos, Los Angeles Times, 22 Aug. 2023 The comic book will also share information about the present-day Kumeyaay Nation and its cultural traditions like peon, a game of chance played with bones, sticks and blankets primarily during traditional Southern Californian tribal gatherings. Lauren J. Mapp, San Diego Union-Tribune, 22 July 2023 Once a go-to in bingo halls and church basements, the light-hearted game of chance is now growing in popularity as a weeknight attraction at bars and restaurants. Brandon Hill,, 7 May 2023 This is the ultimate DIY costume — and because Tetris is a game of chance, there’s no limit to what shape your costume can take. Elizabeth Denton, Seventeen, 28 June 2023 Included in the festivities are carnival rides, bumper cars, games of chance, children’s games, food concessions, and a Ferris wheel. Hank Beckman, Chicago Tribune, 30 May 2023 At Club Café, the game of chance is also effective at eroding stiff social barriers when a good caller gets you out of your comfort zone. Brandon Hill,, 7 May 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1660, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of game of chance was in 1660

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Cite this Entry

“Game of chance.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2023.

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