from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The accumulated stakes in a kind of poker that requires one to hold a pair of jacks or better in order to open the betting.
- n. A cumulative pool in a competition, lottery, or various other games.
- n. A top prize or reward.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A difficult situation.
- n. A jumble of felled timber.
- n. A money prize pool which accumulates until the conditions are met for it to be won.
- n. A large cash prize or money.
- n. An unexpected windfall or reward.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. the name given to the stakes, contributions to which are made by each player successively, till such a hand is turned as shall take the “pot,” which is the sum total of all the bets. See also jackpot.
- n. Same as jack pot. See under jack.
- n. Any larger-than-usual gambling prize formed by the accumulation of unwon bets.
- n. The highest gambling prize awarded in a gambling game in which smaller prizes are also awarded, especially such a prize on a slot machine.
- n. An unusually large success in an enterprise, either unexpected or unpredictable, esp. one providing a great financial benefit.
- n. See under 2d Jack.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In draw-poker, a pot or pool in which the ante must be repeated until some player can open the betting with a pair of jacks or better.
- n. In lumbering, an unskilful piece of work.
- n. A pile of logs.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. any outstanding award
- n. the cumulative amount involved in a game (such as poker)
Also jack-pot, "big prize," 1944, from slot machine sense (1932), from obsolete poker sense (1881) of antes that begin when no player has a pair of jacks or better; from jack (n.) in the card-playing sense + pot (1). Earlier, in criminal slang, it meant "trouble," especially "an arrest" (1902). (Wiktionary)