euchre

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n euchre a card game similar to ecarte; each player is dealt 5 cards and the player making trump must take 3 tricks to win a hand
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Euchre A game at cards, that may be played by two, three, or four persons, the highest card (except when an extra card called the Joker is used) being the knave of the same suit as the trump, and called right bower, the lowest card used being the seven, or frequently, in two-handed euchre, the nine spot. See Bower.
    • Euchre To defeat or foil thoroughly in any scheme.
    • Euchre To defeat, in a game of euchre, the side that named the trump.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n euchre A game of cards played by two, three, or four persons with the 32, 28, or 24 highest cards of the pack. Five cards are dealt to each player, two and then three at a time, or three and then two, and one to mark trumps is turned face up; the eldest hand has the right either of ordering this card into the dealer's hand, who discards another, and then playing the game, or of “passing”—that is, doing nothing; likewise the second and third hands if more than two play; should all pass, the dealer can take up into his hand the trump card, or can pass, which he does by turning down the card which had been turned face up; if the latter, the eldest hand either names a new suit as trumps, the game being then played through, or passes again. Should he pass, the second hand, the third hand, and the dealer in turn have the same right of naming the trump or passing. If all pass on this second round, then a new deal is made by the hand next in order. In playing the hands, each player throws one card, following suit if possible, and the highest card takes the trick; the winning of three tricks counts one, of five tricks two; should a player on one side order up, take up, or name the trump and fail to secure at least three tricks, that side is euchred, and its opponent scores two. The cards rank from ace through king, queen, etc., to the lowest card used, except in trumps, where the knave, known as the right bower, is the highest, and the other knave of the same color, or left bower, is the next highest. Sometimes an additional card, called the joker, which is the highest of all the cards, is used, the game being then known as railroad euchre.
    • n euchre The winning of at least three tricks in a hand, in a game of euchre, from the side which makes the trump: as, that is a euchre.
    • euchre In the game of euchre, to win a hand over, when an opponent has ordered up, taken up, or named the trump, thus securing two points; hence, to turn the tables on; defeat; get the better of. See the noun.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Euchre ū′kėr an American game at cards for two, three, or four persons, with the 32, 28, or 24 highest cards of the pack—if a player fails to make three tricks he is euchred, and his adversary scores against him
    • v.t Euchre to outwit
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Perh. from F. écarté,

Usage

In literature:

THE GAME OF EUCHRE, AND ITS LAWS.
"Helen and Arthur" by Caroline Lee Hentz
Of course, poker and euchre, whist and ninepins, to say nothing of monte and faro, are now in constant requisition.
"The Shirley Letters from California Mines in 1851-52" by Louise Amelia Knapp Smith Clappe
A progressive euchre party; and the remembrance of what she had there endured now filled her soul with horror.
"At Fault" by Kate Chopin
One is euchre, the other is poker.
"The Wit and Humor of America, Volume IX (of X)" by Various
A most enjoyable afternoon or evening may be furnished ones friends by giving a military euchre party, as suggested for Washington's Birthday.
"Games For All Occasions" by Mary E. Blain
To think of us being euchred so easily by Carr and Atkins!
"Tessa" by Louis Becke
They were playing euchre, and they were drinking.
"Duffels" by Edward Eggleston
They squatted on the floor at the farthest possible distance from the bed and half-heartedly dealt the cards for euchre.
"The Huntress" by Hulbert Footner
There was a gambler over in Lazette thought to euchre Dakota.
"The Trail to Yesterday" by Charles Alden Seltzer
Of course, there were not many "dates" in those days, unless to go to the theatre or a party of some kind, dancing or euchre.
"A Portrait of Old George Town" by Grace Dunlop Ecker
Bourbon, euchre, and poker were still unknown.
"If, Yes and Perhaps" by Edward Everett Hale
The game was cut-throat euchre; one pound points.
"The Tale of Timber Town" by Alfred Grace
The almost universal amusement with the miners and others was card playing, confined to euchre and poker.
"A Gold Hunter's Experience" by Chalkley J. Hambleton
THE GAME OF EUCHRE, AND ITS LAWS.
"The Humors of Falconbridge" by Jonathan F. Kelley
Malcolm invited some one to take a hand of euchre with him.
"Stories by American Authors, Volume 2" by Various
For in-door amusement, euchre was the favorite.
"In The Ranks" by R. E. McBride
As soon as we tried to do a rational thing, and make that harbour at Ciudadella, we got euchred.
"The Recipe for Diamonds" by Charles John Cutcliffe Wright Hyne
Cribbage, back gammon, euchre, seven up, and sometimes we would play poker for the beans we drew for our rations.
"In and Out of Rebel Prisons" by Lieut. A. [Alonzo] Cooper
Wolff was with him every day, playing euchre with him and the schoolmaster.
"Gertrude's Marriage" by W. Heimburg
Probably playing whist or euchre.
"Christmas Eve and Christmas Day" by Edward E. Hale
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In poetry:

'Talk of pluck!' pursued the Sailor,
Set at euchre on his elbow,
'I was on the wharf at Charleston,
Just ashore from off the runner.
"Romance" by William Ernest Henley
So they talked in whispers of euchre games,
Of ladies and Eskimo,
Of vulgar fractions and proper names,
And the works of Byron and Poe.
"Eberly's Fair Young Bride" by Wallace Irwin
Which we had a small game,
And Ah Sin took a hand:
It was Euchre. The same
He did not understand;
But he smiled as he sat by the table,
With the smile that was childlike and bland.
"Plain Language From Truthful James" by Francis Bret Harte
He uses powder on his face
And his handkerchiefs are trimmed with lace;
He loves to play progressive euchre
And spend his papa's hard-earned lucre.
He wears an air of nonchalance
And always takes in every dance.
"The Sissy Boy" by Edwin Carty Ranck

In news:

Many thanks to everyone who attended the Friday, May 4, 2012 "Beertopia" Euchre Tournament held at the Bull Ring Sports Grill and Lounge.
The Greensburg Rotary Club held its 11th annual Euchre Tournament to benefit the Special Olympics on Saturday, Feb 25 at the Knights of St John Hall.
Kathy Jo Glover totaled eight out of 11 points to take the Baristas Super Bowl Euchre Tournament.
Euchre , Grey Memo Head Native Diver Field.
Euchre and Grey Memo, second and fourth, respectively, in last year's Native Diver Handicap (gr III), will return for Saturday's 24th running of the $100,000 stakes race.
Euchre tournament For the Heartland Havoc '96 Girls' softball team 7 pm, East End Bolders Club, 3712 4th Ave, Moline.
I'm a fair chess and euchre player.
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