Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A card game in which the winner is the player who holds two or three cards totaling closest to nine.

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  • n. A card game with some similarities to blackjack.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a card game played in casinos in which two or more punters gamble against the banker; the player wins who holds 2 or 3 cards that total closest to nine

Etymologies

French baccara, from Provençal.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Probably from French (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Some of these may sound familiar to people who have seen or known problem gamblers of any background: a “lack of probabilistic thinking,” a belief that a player’s skill can surmount the odds (even in baccarat and roulette, which involve no skill beyond laying down a bet), the “delusion that one can foresee results by intuition and control results by ritual.”

    Macau’s Big Gamble

  • New Year's Eve has always been a big event for baccarat, which is favored by wealthy Chinese whose net worth is growing even as the economies of the United States and other parts of the world are hurting.

    Las Vegas Sun Stories: All Sun Headlines

  • The exception is baccarat, which is usually dealt from an eight-deck shoe.

    CasinoCityTimes.com

  • It would allow Class III gaming on Seminole Tribe reservation lands, including games such as baccarat, chemin de fer and blackjack at its gambling facilities.

    South Florida Business News - Local South Florida News | The South Florida Business Journal

  • It would allow Class III gaming on Seminole Tribe reservation lands that included games such as baccarat, chemin de fer and blackjack at its gambling facilities, including one located on Hillsborough Avenue and Interstate 4 in Tampa.

    Jacksonville Business News - Local Jacksonville News | Jacksonville Business Journal

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  • ‘I have been known to play the Great Game, but lesser forms such as baccarat and poker have never interested me.

    The Beekeeper's Apprentice

  • Baccarat was the initial game of choice and no hostess threw a country house party without a baccarat game.

    The Country House Party | Edwardian Promenade

  • Because of the publicity, baccarat was discontinued in society, and just as quickly as that went out, bridge came in.

    The Country House Party | Edwardian Promenade

  • I watched as she sulked back to the glass armoire and returned the shot glasses to their shelf, taking one last admiring glance at the red baccarat crystal.

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