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croupier

[kroo-pee-er, -pee-ey; French kroo-pyey] /ˈkru pi ər, -piˌeɪ; French kruˈpyeɪ/
noun, plural croupiers
[kroo-pee-erz, -pee-eyz; French kroo-pyey] /ˈkru pi ərz, -piˌeɪz; French kruˈpyeɪ/ (Show IPA)
1.
an attendant in a gambling casino who rakes in money or chips and pays winners at a gaming table.
2.
an assistant chairperson at a public dinner.
Origin
1700-1710
1700-10; < French: literally, one who sits behind another on horseback, equivalent to croupe rump (see croup2) + -ier -ier2

croupy

[kroo-pee] /ˈkru pi/
adjective, croupier, croupiest.
1.
pertaining to or resembling croup.
2.
affected with croup.
Origin
1825-35; croup1 + -y1
Related forms
croupily, adverb
croupiness, noun
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  • In this romantic drama, a middle-aged gambler tells a casino croupier her life story.
British Dictionary definitions for croupier

croupier

/ˈkruːpɪə; French krupje/
noun
1.
a person who deals cards, collects bets, etc, at a gaming table
Word Origin
C18: literally: one who rides behind another, from French croupecroup²
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Word Origin and History for croupier
n.

"one who clears the winnings from the table in gambling," 1731, from French croupier (17c.), originally one who rides behind another, on the croup or "rump" of a horse (a word of Germanic origin); hence extended to any one who backs up another; a "second."

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