|1.||a woman regarded as unlikely ever to marry; spinster|
|2.||informal a prim, fastidious, or excessively cautious person|
|3.||a card game using a pack from which one card has been removed, in which players try to avoid holding the unpaired card at the end of the game|
simple card game popular with young children. It takes its name from a 19th-century specially illustrated deck of cards showing colourful characters in matching pairs, plus a single old maid card. In Germany the equivalent game is called schwarzer Peter ("black Peter") and in France vieux garcon ("old boy").
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