1. Also, fan tan. Also called parliament, sevens. Cards.
a game in which
the players play their sevens and other cards forming sequences in the same suits as their sevens, the winner being the player who first runs out of cards.
a Chinese gambling game in which a pile of coins, counters, or objects is placed under a bowl and bets are made on what the remainder will
be after they have been counted off in fours.
1875–80; < Chinese fān tān literally, repeated divisions, or < cognate dial. forms