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[bah-kuh-rah, bak-uh-; bah-kuh-rah, bak-uh-; French ba-ka ra] /ˈbɑ kəˌrɑ, ˈbæk ə-; ˌbɑ kəˈrɑ, ˌbæk ə-; French ba ka ˈra/
a gambling game at cards played by a banker and two or more punters who bet against the banker.
Origin of baccarat
1865-70; variant of baccara < French < ? Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the Web for baccarat
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  • Jack, she knew very well, had no intention of breaking with Alington, because the latter had cheated at baccarat.

    Mammon and Co. E. F. Benson
  • But as to Ronnie, bridge and baccarat and poker-patience are positively all that he thinks about.

  • She passed through the baccarat room, came out again and walked the whole length of the larger apartment.

    Mr. Grex of Monte Carlo E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • The headquarters of the 37th Division were at baccarat on the Alsatian border.

    The Fight for the Argonne William Benjamin West
  • Then he sang comic songs in the drawing-room, and discussed the methods of cheating at baccarat.

    Dodo, Volumes 1 and 2 Edward Frederic Benson
  • "I make the company a present of the only safe way to cheat at baccarat," he said.

    Mammon and Co. E. F. Benson
  • These games of baccarat soon became an institution, but I am glad to say that I never "plunged," and never played beyond my means.

    Trooper 3809 Lionel Decle
  • At some country-house party he'd been accused of cheating at baccarat.

    The Brightener C. N. Williamson
  • His attitude in this baccarat affair has been strictly honourable, although open to criticism.

    As the Crow Flies Walter Phelps Dodge
  • I'm regularly haunted by the recollection of my losses at baccarat.

British Dictionary definitions for baccarat


/ˈbækəˌrɑː; ˌbækəˈrɑː; French bakara/
a card game in which two or more punters gamble against the banker
Word Origin
C19: from French baccara, of unknown origin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for baccarat

card game, 1848, from French baccara (19c.), of unknown origin. Baccarat is the name of a town in France that was noted for glass-making.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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