[ey-kahr-tey; British ey-kahr-tey; French ey-kar-tey]
a card game for two players.

1815–25; < French Unabridged
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écarté (eɪˈkɑːteɪ, French ekarte)
1.  a card game for two, played with 32 cards and king high
2.  ballet
 a.  a body position in which one arm and the same leg are extended at the side of the body
 b.  (as adjective): the écarté position
[C19: from French, from écarter to discard, from cartecard1]

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card game usually played for a stake with nonplayers making side bets. The game was highly popular in France and England in the 19th century but declined thereafter.

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