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

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The more mystical residents of Echo Park swear the sign works like a giant rotating fortune cookie or tarot card. Frank Shyong, latimes.com, "For the doctor behind Happy Foot Sad Foot sign, a strange kind of fame comes to an end," 15 July 2019 Meditation, tarot cards or indigenous rituals appeal to you now. Be Vulnerable: Examine the line between sensuality and sexuality to connect deeply. Sonja Marie, Essence, "Cancer, It's Time To Feel The Love! Here Are July 2019 Horoscopes For All," 1 July 2019 Dratch and Gasteyer, who live in the city, had stopped by the Whitby Hotel, where Pell was staying, for a tarot-card reading. Lizzie Widdicombe, The New Yorker, "Yes, the Ladies of “Wine Country” Have a Group Text," 17 June 2019 Ancient and historical tarot decks are as rare as diamonds. Jane Stern, Town & Country, "My Love of Tarot Is a Family Tradition," 24 Sep. 2018 The app also includes other features like tarot readings, numerology and your blood type personality. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "10 Of The Best Horoscope Apps For People That Are Obsessed With The Stars," 16 May 2019 Per years past, there are many attractions spattered throughout Pioneer Works’s labyrinthine three floors; a magician, a tarot card reader, a Bosco photobooth, a VR experience. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "Inside Pioneer Works's 6th Annual Village Fete," 5 May 2019 Roric Tobin veered mystical, designing his table around a vintage Pierre Frey fabric that reminded him of tarot cards. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "See How 32 Designers Transform a Dining Room in Just a Few Hours," 3 May 2019 Many others like Dore who practice tarot use these ancient cards as a tool for mental health. Erica Euse, Teen Vogue, "How Tarot Cards Are Used to Help Mental Health," 27 Dec. 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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