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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
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  • Most of the players were engaged at baccarat, and large sums of money were being staked.
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  • Poker, craps and baccarat tables are available, as well as slot machines in a variety of denominations.
  • Expect video slot machines and all the standard table games, from blackjack and poker to craps and baccarat.
  • Table games such as baccarat, blackjack, roulette and craps are also available.
  • Forty table games including craps, roulette, and 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
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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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