Definitions

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

  • n. A card game for two to six players, related to rummy and requiring two or three decks of cards.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A card game similar to rummy and played using two packs, where the object is to meld groups of the same rank.
  • n. A meld of seven cards in a game of canasta.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a form of rummy using two decks and four jokers; jokers and deuces are wild; the object is to meld groups of seven of the same rank.

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

  • n. a form of rummy using two decks of cards and four jokers; jokers and deuces are wild; the object is to form groups of the same rank

Etymologies

Spanish, from canasto, basket, from Latin canistrum; see canister.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Spanish canasta. The game originates from Uruguay. (Wiktionary)

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