: a three-handed card game played with 32 cards in which players bid for the privilege of attempting any of several contracts
: a widow of two cards in skat that may be used by the winner of the bid

Word History


German, modification of Italian scarto discard, from scartare to discard, from s- (from Latin ex-) + carta card — more at card entry 1

First Known Use

1864, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of skat was in 1864

Dictionary Entries Near skat

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“Skat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/skat. Accessed 20 May. 2024.

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