poker

1 of 2

noun (1)

pok·​er ˈpō-kər How to pronounce poker (audio)
: one that pokes
especially : a metal rod for stirring a fire

poker

2 of 2

noun (2)

po·​ker ˈpō-kər How to pronounce poker (audio)
: any of several card games in which a player bets that the value of his or her hand is greater than that of the hands held by others, in which each subsequent player must either equal or raise the bet or drop out, and in which the player holding the highest hand at the end of the betting wins the pot

Illustration of poker

Illustration of poker
  • 1 five of a kind
  • 2 royal flush
  • 3 straight flush
  • 4 four of a kind
  • 5 full house
  • 6 flush
  • 7 straight
  • 8 three of a kind
  • 9 two pair
  • 10 one pair

Examples of poker in a Sentence

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Word History

Etymology

Noun (2)

probably modification of French poque, a card game similar to poker

First Known Use

Noun (1)

1534, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1832, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of poker was in 1534

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Cite this Entry

“Poker.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/poker. Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

poker

1 of 2 noun
pok·​er ˈpō-kər How to pronounce poker (audio)
: one that pokes
especially : a metal rod for stirring a fire

poker

2 of 2 noun
po·​ker ˈpō-kər How to pronounce poker (audio)
: a card game in which a player bets on the value of his or her hand

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