whist

verb
\ ˈhwist , ˈwist \
whisted; whisting; whists

Definition of whist 

(Entry 1 of 3)

intransitive verb

dialectal British

: to be silent : hush often used interjectionally to enjoin silence

whist

adjective

Definition of whist (Entry 2 of 3)

whist

noun

Definition of whist (Entry 3 of 3)

: a card game for four players in two partnerships that is played with a pack of 52 cards and that scores one point for each trick in excess of six

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Activities include a bid whist card tournament, games on the beach, free health testing and voter registration, plus a killer lineup of live music including DJ TJaye with rappers Cakes Da Killa and Cor. Adam Lukach, RedEye Chicago, "5 things to do in Chicago this weekend," 24 Aug. 2017 In 1902, 12 years after first playing whist with Isabel, Twain hired her. Marie Lavendier, courant.com, "The Lioness And The King: Was Mark Twain's Secretary A Treasure? Or 'A Salacious Slut'?," 29 Apr. 2018 Contract bridge has been around for more than 100 in the U.S., dating back to the early 20th century evolving from an earlier game called whist that was played in Great Britain in the 1800s. Martin E. Comas, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Orlando North bridge club grows in popularity," 17 Sep. 2017 Mr. Henry enjoyed attending jazz concerts and playing the card games bid whist and pinochle at the Willingboro Senior Center with his friend Mary Churchill. Bonnie L. Cook, Philly.com, "William A. Henry Sr., 85, U.S. Army veteran and retired security officer," 24 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of whist

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1663, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for whist

Verb

Middle English; imitative

Noun

alteration of earlier whisk, probably from whisk entry 2; from whisking up the tricks

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whist

noun

English Language Learners Definition of whist

: a type of card game for two teams of two players each

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