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monte

[mon-tee] /ˈmɒn ti/
noun, Cards.
1.
Also called monte bank. a gambling game played with a 40-card pack in which players bet that one of two layouts, each consisting of two cards drawn from either the top or bottom of the deck and turned face up, will be matched in suit by the next card turned up.
2.
three-card monte (def 1).
Origin
1815-1825
1815-25; < Spanish: mountain, hence, heap (of cards); see mount2
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British Dictionary definitions for monte bank

monte

/ˈmɒntɪ/
noun
1.
a gambling card game of Spanish origin
2.
(Austral, informal) a certainty
Word Origin
C19: from Spanish: mountain, hence pile of cards
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Word Origin and History for monte bank

monte

n.

gambling card game, 1824, from Spanish monte "mountain," from Latin montem (nominative mons), see mount (n.). So called from the heap of cards left after dealing. A favorite in California during the gold rush years. The three-card form (first attested 1877) is of Mexican origin.

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