gin rummy


: a rummy game for two players in which each player is dealt 10 cards and in which a player may win a hand by matching all the cards in it or may end play when the unmatched cards count up to 10 points or less

Examples of gin rummy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The object of the game, reminiscent of gin rummy, involves drawing tiles or taking discards to form sets: chi, a sequence of three tiles from one suit; pong, a trio of identical tiles; and kong, an elevated pong, all four of any tile. Rudy Lee, New York Times, 17 Oct. 2023 Ostrum loved playing gin rummy. Tom Orsborn,, 25 Aug. 2020 The game is oft compared to gin rummy, a card game which similarly relies on both luck and skill. Anna Kaufman, USA TODAY, 10 Sep. 2022 Jacobs' other current responsibilities include serving on the boards of Promote the Vote and the Jewish Fund, coaching young women running for office, and hosting an occasional gang of friends for a gin rummy/mahjong hybrid called Rummikub. Neal Rubin, Detroit Free Press, 12 Aug. 2022 Her sister, Wanda Adcock, said the siblings entertained themselves with board games and gin rummy. al, 26 Apr. 2022 Sitting with his wife, Mimi, playing gin rummy at a table outside Gate H, Strickland said rheumatic fever kept him away from ballparks as a child. John Wilkens, San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 Apr. 2022 The original game is fairly similar to gin rummy: The players draw and discard tiles to assemble a winning hand of 14, usually consisting of four sets of three and a pair. Annelise Heinz, WSJ, 6 May 2021 Uri Segal was playing gin rummy with his family several years ago when his 16-year-old daughter Maayan asked him a question: Why is the king worth more than the queen? David Oliver, USA Today, 22 Mar. 2021 See More

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First Known Use

1931, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of gin rummy was in 1931

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“Gin rummy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2023.

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