poker

noun (1)
pok·​er | \ ˈpō-kər How to pronounce poker (audio) \

Definition of poker

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: one that pokes especially : a metal rod for stirring a fire

poker

noun (2)
po·​ker | \ ˈpō-kər How to pronounce poker (audio) \

Definition of poker (Entry 2 of 2)

: any of several card games in which a player bets that the value of his or her hand is greater than that of the hands held by others, in which each subsequent player must either equal or raise the bet or drop out, and in which the player holding the highest hand at the end of the betting wins the pot

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Noun (2)

poker hands in descending value: 1 five of a kind, 2 royal flush, 3 straight flush, 4 four of a kind, 5 full house, 6 flush, 7 straight, 8 three of a kind, 9 two pair, 10 one pair

In the meaning defined above

First Known Use of poker

Noun (1)

1534, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1832, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for poker

Noun (2)

probably modification of French poque, a card game similar to poker

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“Poker.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/poker. Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for poker

poker

noun
pok·​er | \ ˈpō-kər How to pronounce poker (audio) \

Kids Definition of poker

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a metal rod used for stirring a fire

poker

noun
po·​ker | \ ˈpō-kər How to pronounce poker (audio) \

Kids Definition of poker (Entry 2 of 2)

: a card game in which players bet on the value of their cards

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