from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A variation of baccara in which each player in turn becomes the banker. See baccara.


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  • Hastening southward by _diligence_ and _chemin-de-fer_, the first vineyards appeared between Chartres and Orleans, with an effect much inferior, as it seemed, to that produced by the orchards of Normandy, loaded as they were with ruddy fruit; but this may be the prejudice of a native of the West of England.

    Rambles in the Islands of Corsica and Sardinia with Notices of their History, Antiquities, and Present Condition. Thomas Forester

  • While baccarat or chemin-de-fer are almost invariably games to be most in favour when the police raid a gambling-house in the West

    The Grell Mystery Frank Froest

  • We spent most of the night in playing _chemin-de-fer_.

    The Dark Forest Hugh Walpole 1912

  • When they were not on duty they played _chemin-de-fer_ and slept.

    The Dark Forest Hugh Walpole 1912

  • At the end of that period he found himself minus his heavy winnings at chemin-de-fer and ten thousand francs of his reserve fund to boot.

    The Lone Wolf A Melodrama Louis Joseph Vance 1906

  • For Lanyard's chair at the table of chemin-de-fer had been filled by another and, too impatient to wait a vacancy, he wandered on to the salon dedicated to roulette, tested his luck by staking a note of five hundred francs on the black, won, and incontinently subsided into a chair and an oblivion that endured for the space of three-quarters of an hour.

    The Lone Wolf A Melodrama Louis Joseph Vance 1906

  • "Let us go and play chemin-de-fer"; and they did, moving off into one of the further rooms.

    At the Villa Rose 1906

  • "As for an hour or two at chemin-de-fer, baccarat, or roulette," remarked Sengoun, "I am not averse to a----"

    The Dark Star William Dodge Stevens 1899

  • Il habite un charmant cottage a Beckenham, un endroit a quatre lieues de Londres ou il vient tous les jours en chemin-de-fer.

    Philip Gilbert Hamerton Hamerton, Philip G 1896

  • Quite close to it, however, was the town of Boulogne, with its well-provided market and shops, and at a distance of a few minutes the chemin-de-fer de ceinture, a line of tramways, one of omnibuses, and the steamboats not very far off.

    Philip Gilbert Hamerton Hamerton, Philip G 1896


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