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[krib-ij] /ˈkrɪb ɪdʒ/
a card game for two or sometimes three or four players, a characteristic feature of which is the crib, and in which the object is to make counting combinations for points that are scored on a cribbage board.
Origin of cribbage
1620-30; crib + -age Unabridged
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  • Someday, in a house next door, a robot may be playing a game of cribbage with an elderly widow.
  • Drop-in card games and bridge, cribbage, pool and ping pong are popular.
  • He is quite proud of the fact that he and one other aboard ship were the only ones who knew how to play cribbage.
British Dictionary definitions for cribbage


a game of cards for two to four, in which players try to win a set number of points before their opponents Often shortened to crib
Word Origin
C17: of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for cribbage

the card game, 1620s, probably from crib "set of cards thrown from each player's hand," of uncertain origin, though this word is later than the game name.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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