tar·​ot | \ ˈter-(ˌ)ō How to pronounce tarot (audio) , ˈta-(ˌ)rō \

Definition of tarot

: any of a set of usually 78 playing cards including 22 pictorial cards used for fortune-telling

Examples of tarot in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Before every appointment, Cheng meditates for at least 45 minutes to prepare for a tarot card reading. NBC News, 23 May 2021 The tarot boom comes as no surprise to Sarah Potter, an author and psychic medium to all of those in-the-know. Tanya Akim, Forbes, 27 Apr. 2021 But my Ouija board is missing and someone swiped my tarot cards. Paul Daugherty, The Enquirer, 26 Apr. 2021 The tarot motif is certainly not new to the storied maison. Barry Samaha, Harper's BAZAAR, 25 Jan. 2021 Kamisha Johnson pulled a tarot card from a deck as the smell of burning sage and sound of R&B music filtered through the basement room in her Golden Valley home. Nicole Norfleet, Star Tribune, 14 Apr. 2021 While bringing the New Look into women’s lives and revolutionizing fashion, Christian Dior relied on tarot cards, rituals, and a habit of stitching a piece of muguet into each dress to bring the wearer good fortune. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, 8 Apr. 2021 Over his 35 years as a psychic and tarot-card reader, Dante Sabatino has earned a reputation for his startling accuracy. Kaitlin Menza, Curbed, 29 Mar. 2021 When the doors of Botanica Luz del Día were closed early on in the pandemic, customers couldn’t browse for their preferred veladoras or stop into the Pico-Union store for tarot readings. Los Angeles Times, 24 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of tarot

circa 1623, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tarot

Middle French, from Italian tarocchi (plural)

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The first known use of tarot was circa 1623

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29 May 2021

Cite this Entry

“Tarot.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tarot. Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of tarot

: a set of 78 cards with pictures and symbols that is used to see what will happen in the future

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