Definition of fan-tan in English:
1A Chinese gambling game in which players try to guess the remainder after the banker has divided a number of hidden objects into four groups.
- In the old days the alley resounded to the click of mah-jongg tiles and fan-tan, a gambling game from which it derives its name.
- Fan Tan is a Chinese gambling game based on guessing the number of beans in a pot.
late 19th century: from Chinese fān tān, literally 'repeated divisions'.
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