Definition of canasta in English:

canasta

Line breaks: can|asta
Pronunciation: /kəˈnastə
 
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noun

[mass noun]
1A card game resembling rummy, using two packs. It is usually played by two pairs of partners, and the aim is to collect sets (or melds) of cards.
More example sentences
  • This game, formerly known as Canasta Five, is a variation of canasta played with three 52 card packs plus jokers, which has achieved great success in Australia and New Zealand.
  • In samba wild cards are not so important as in canasta.
  • At the time, we grandkids thought this was some kind of peculiar old-person habit, like playing canasta and reading Reader's Digest.
1.1 [count noun] A meld of seven cards in canasta.
More example sentences
  • You must have at least one example of each type - natural, mixed, wild, sequence and sevens - completed with 7 cards in each, and you may also have additional canastas or smaller melds of any types.
  • You cannot go out until your team has completed two red canastas and one canasta of wild cards.
  • However, you are only allowed to go out if your team has melded two sambas, or two canastas (pure or mixed ones), or one samba and one canasta.

Origin

1940s: from Spanish (of Uruguayan origin), literally 'basket', based on Latin canistrum 'basket' (see canister).

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