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Definition of 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

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Recent Examples on the Web Where to gather for a game of backcountry gin rummy? T. Edward Nickens, Field & Stream, "The Best New Camping Gear of the Year," 7 Apr. 2020 Her favorite past times included playing Mah Jong and gin rummy., "Sylvia Pilver," 11 Oct. 2019 The first, on Third Street, drew men from all over San Francisco and the Bay Area who played poker and gin rummy and placed bets with bookies in saloons with special gambling rooms. Gary Kamiya,, "SF ‘hobohemia’ transformed into Skid Row as jobs and city changed," 10 Aug. 2019 Nearby, a couple sat on a Michigan State Spartans blanket playing gin rummy. Anna Bauman, Detroit Free Press, "As Detroit fireworks crowd builds, music and fun fill the air at Hart Plaza," 24 June 2019 In checkers, gin rummy, Parcheesi, dominoes and, sometimes, tennis. Laura Lippman, Glamour, "The Pleasure of Being Mediocre," 2 May 2019 Tiles have numbers and suits, which can be combined into winning hands through sets of either matching numbers or suited numerically sequential tiles, just like in gin rummy. Jeff Yang, Vox, "The symbolism of Crazy Rich Asians’ pivotal mahjong scene, explained," 20 Aug. 2018 Played gin rummy for half an hour, running my debt up to $2.61. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, "Service Diary of a Corpsman: Roy L. Wall, LST 509," 28 May 2018

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First Known Use of gin rummy

1937, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of gin rummy was in 1937

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“Gin rummy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of gin rummy

: a card game that is played by two players who are each dealt 10 cards

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