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[bang-koh, bahng-] /ˈbæŋ koʊ, ˈbɑŋ-/
noun, plural bancos.
a declaration made by a bettor in certain gambling games, as baccarat and chemin de fer, indicating a bet matching the full amount in the bank, to the exclusion of all previous lower bets: often used as an interjection.
verb (used without object)
to make such a declaration.
Origin of banco
1745-55; < French < Italian < Germanic; see bank2 Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for banco


a call in gambling games such as chemin de fer and baccarat by a player or bystander who wishes to bet against the entire bank
Word Origin
C18: from French from Italian: bank
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