(In baccarat, chemin de fer, and similar games) an indication of a player’s willingness to meet the banker’s whole stake single-handed.
More example sentences
- I nevertheless called banco and got the second-best hand in chemin-de-fer, an eight.
- People with white ducks and beautiful yachts, Errol Flynn walking about, Ari yelling banco in the casino: this was heaven on earth, and I swore to myself right then and there that I would return.
late 18th century: via French from Italian.