Definition of vingt-et-un in English:

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vingt-et-un

Pronunciation: /ˌvant ā ˈən/ /ˌvaNt ā ˈœN/

noun

The card game blackjack.
Example sentences
  • The older adults played vingt-et-un (Twenty-one) or other card games while the young danced and engaged in flirtations until the party dispersed near daybreak.
  • In my first term at prep school, I was introduced to vingt-et-un.
  • During the next century, French colonists brought the game of vingt-et-un across the ocean to Canada and the United States, and the game started making regular appearances in North American casinos in the early twentieth century.

Origin

French, literally 'twenty-one'.

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Syllabification: vingt-et-un

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