[skaht, skat]
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.

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