Share this entry

Share this page

banco

Line breaks: banco
Pronunciation: /ˈbaŋkəʊ
 
/

Definition of banco in English:

exclamation

(In baccarat, chemin de fer, and similar games) an indication of a player’s willingness to meet the banker’s whole stake single-handed.
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.

Origin

late 18th century: via French from Italian.

Definition of banco in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day orthoepy
Pronunciation: ˈɔːθəʊɛpi
noun
the correct or accepted pronunciation of words