skat

[skaht, skat]
noun
a card game for three players, using a pack of 32 playing cards, sevens through aces, the object being to fulfill any of various contracts, with scoring computed on strategy and on tricks won.

Origin:
1860–65; < German skat < Italian scarto, derivative of scartare to discard, equivalent to s- ex-1 + -cartare, derivative of carta card1

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skat (skæt)
 
n
a three-handed card game using 32 cards, popular in German-speaking communities
 
[C19: from German, from Italian scarto played cards, from scartare to discard, from s-ex-1 + carta, from Latin chartacard1]

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skat
"card game," 1864, from Ger. skat, from It. scarto "rejection of a card," cognate with Fr. écarté "card."
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skat

cardcard game for three players, but usually four participate, with each player sitting out a turn as dealer. It is Germany's national card game. It originated in Altenburg, near Leipzig, about 1817 and is played wherever Germans have settled; the International Skat Players Association (ISPA) has affiliates in more than a dozen countries. North American skat, centred on Milwaukee, Wis., and Texas skat, centred on Austin, Texas, differ somewhat from the German and international game described below. The current rules, followed by both the ISPA and the German Skat Federation, date from Jan. 1, 1999.

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