Definition of mah-jong in English:


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Pronunciation: /mɑːˈdʒɒŋ
(also mah-jongg)


  • A Chinese game played, usually by four people, with 136 or 144 rectangular pieces called tiles.
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    • The elderly like Chinese opera, drama, classical music, and playing mah-jongg.
    • Card games and mah-jongg, a Chinese game similar to rummy that is played with ivory tiles, regularly involve gambling.
    • Other exhibits included Chinese Kung Fu, Chinese chess, mah-jong, Chinese calligraphy and palmistry.


from Chinese dialect ma-tsiang, literally 'sparrows'.

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