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[French van-tey-œn] /French vɛ̃ teɪˈœ̃/
noun, Cards.
twenty-one (def 4).
Origin of vingt-et-un
1775-85; < French: literally, twenty-one Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the Web for vingt-et-un
Historical Examples
  • He is dealer, and turns up a "vingt-et-un" almost every time.

  • Probably we prefer it to a game of greater chance, such as vingt-et-un.

    If I May A. A. Milne
  • After tea and coffee had been carried round, a card table appeared, and vingt-et-un was proposed.

    Gladys, the Reaper Anne Beale
  • The French introduced rouge-et-noir, roulette, lansquenet, and vingt-et-un.

    The Life of Bret Harte Henry Childs Merwin
  • Late that night he received a tip from a dealer at one of vingt-et-un tables.

    Dangerous Days Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • For example, at vingt-et-un, you will always know whether it is advisable to draw another card or not.

    Sharps and Flats John Nevil Maskelyne
  • To this dance, or rather to these postures of a bayadre, succeeded the excitement of vingt-et-un, followed by well-earned repose.

  • The Vicomte d'Halluys did not come as he promised with the eight hundred pistoles he lost to you at vingt-et-un.

    The Grey Cloak Harold MacGrath
  • In the salon, the women were playing at vingt-et-un, kept by Nathan, the celebrated author.

    A Start in Life Honore de Balzac
British Dictionary definitions for vingt-et-un


another name for pontoon2
Word Origin
literally: twenty-one
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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