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[dih-klair-er] /dɪˈklɛər ər/
a person or thing that declares.
Bridge. the player who plays the contract; dummy's partner.
1520-30; declare + -er1
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nondeclarer, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for declarer
  • East discarded a diamond when declarer led a trump to the king, and a relatively simple contract suddenly posed quite a problem.
  • West led a low spade, and declarer paused to consider the situation.
  • declarer won in her hand and cashed the diamond ace.
  • Now declarer ran the heart jack and played a heart to her ten.
  • West led his fourth-highest heart, which declarer correctly won with dummy's ace.
  • declarer, still with only eight winners, led a club to dummy's king.
  • But his trumps were sitting under declarer's length.
  • declarer could see six top tricks: one spade, two hearts, two diamonds and one club.
  • declarer trumped the heart return, ruffed a club high in the dummy, drew trumps and claimed.
  • West led the heart queen, which was ducked to declarer's king.
British Dictionary definitions for declarer


a person who declares
(bridge) the player who, as first bidder of the suit of the final contract, plays both hands of the partnership
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