croupier

[kroo-pee-er, -pee-ey; French kroo-pyey]
noun, plural croupiers [kroo-pee-erz, -pee-eyz; French kroo-pyey] .
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:
1700–10; < French: literally, one who sits behind another on horseback, equivalent to croupe rump (see croup2) + -ier -ier2

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croupy

[kroo-pee]
adjective, croupier, croupiest.
1.
pertaining to or resembling croup.
2.
affected with croup.

Origin:
1825–35; croup1 + -y1

croupily, adverb
croupiness, noun
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croupier (ˈkruːpɪə, French krupje)
 
n
a person who deals cards, collects bets, etc, at a gaming table
 
[C18: literally: one who rides behind another, from French croupecroup²]

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croupier
"one who clears the winnings from the table in gambling," 1731, from Fr. croupier, originally one who rides behind another, on the croup or "rump" of a horse; hence extended to any one who backs up another; a "second."
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In this romantic drama, a middle-aged gambler tells a casino croupier her life story.
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