tar·​ot | \ˈter-(ˌ)ō, ˈta-(ˌ)rō\

Definition of tarot 

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

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Jessica Sutton Maniatis, 36, founder of JSGD, a multidisciplinary studio in Boston, subscribes to Sanctuary, an app that texts a daily personalized tarot and horoscope via Facebook Messenger. Rachel Raczka, BostonGlobe.com, "What’s your sign? Millennials want to know," 27 Apr. 2018 Similar to the tweets sent to others, the message directed at Ritchie included an image of her and accompanying images of the tarot card for death and TV news coverage purporting to report on a body being recovered from the Everglades. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Mail bombing suspect repeatedly threatened Democrats on Twitter," 26 Oct. 2018 Coach had a pop-up that peddled tarot card readings instead of handbags. Chavie Lieber, Vox, "Let people hang out in your store and watch TV.," 3 Oct. 2018 Witches remain in as fashion serves up The Craft realness and the average 20-something integrates burning sage and reading her tarot cards (or looking at an app that does it) into her self-care routine. Aimee Lutkin, Marie Claire, "Charmed, Sabrina, and the Return of the Dark Witch," 6 Sep. 2018 Let intuitive tarot reader and author Theresa Reed give you the low down. refinery29.com, "This Is Your Guide To Having A High-Vibe Summer Solstice," 20 June 2018 Gather on a rooftop at ROW DTLA for a 75-minute all-level yoga class, and then hang out for kombucha, tarot readings, and massages by Papa & Barkley. Brittany Martin, Los Angeles Magazine, "The Best Things to Do This Week in L.A.," 25 June 2018 Free People’s retreats started a few years ago where participants can exercise and try journaling or tarot card workshop in spots like Glacier National Park. Washington Post, "Wellness travel: It’s more than just staying fit on the road," 5 June 2018 Other more adventurous partygoers ventured into the invite-only bar-within-the-bar situated behind a tarot card reader. Rachel Marlowe, Vogue, "Sasha Lane, January Jones, and Billy Idol Celebrate Moschino Resort with a Carnival-Themed Extravaganza," 10 June 2018

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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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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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