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[skaht, skat] /skɑt, skæt/
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 of skat
1860-65; < German skat < Italian scarto, derivative of scartare to discard, equivalent to s- ex-1 + -cartare, derivative of carta card1 Unabridged
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a three-handed card game using 32 cards, popular in German-speaking communities
Word Origin
C19: from German, from Italian scarto played cards, from scartare to discard, from s-ex-1 + carta, from Latin chartacard1
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Word Origin and History for skat

card game, 1864, from German Skat (by 1838), from earlier scart (said to have been a term used in the old card game called taroc, which was of Italian origin), from Italian scarto "cards laid aside," which is said to be a back-formation from scartare, from Latin ex- "off, away" + Late Latin carta (see card (n.1)). The German game is perhaps so called because it is played with a rump deck, or because two cards are laid aside at the start of the game, or because discarding is an important part of the game. Cf. French card game écarté, literally "cards removed."

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