tarot

[tar-oh, ta-roh]
noun
any of a set of 22 playing cards bearing allegorical representations, used for fortunetelling and as trump cards in tarok.

Origin:
1590–1600; back formation from taros (plural) < Middle French < Italian tarocchi, plural of tarocco

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tarot (ˈtærəʊ)
 
n
1.  one of a special pack of cards, now used mainly for fortune-telling, consisting of 78 cards (4 suits of 14 cards each (the minor arcana), and 22 other cards (the major arcana))
2.  a card in a tarot pack with distinctive symbolic design, such as the Wheel of Fortune
 
adj
3.  relating to tarot cards
 
[C16: from French, from Old Italian tarocco, of unknown origin]

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tarot
1598, from Fr. tarot (16c.), from O.It. tarocchi (pl.), of unknown origin, perhaps from Arabic taraha "reject." The deck first used in Italy 14c., as playing cards as well as for fortune-telling. The tarots, strictly speaking, are the 22 figured cards added to the 56-card suits pack.
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Example sentences for tarot
There are numerous published books that discuss the usage of the tarot for divination.
Tarot is often used in conjunction with the study of the hermetic qabalah.
The novel becomes increasingly preoccupied with themes of tarot, paranoia, and sacrifice.
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