Definition of tarot in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈtarəʊ


[mass noun] (the Tarot)
  • 1Playing cards, traditionally a pack of 78 with five suits, used for fortune-telling and (especially in Europe) in certain games. The suits are typically swords, cups, coins (or pentacles), batons (or wands), and a permanent suit of trumps: tarot is a powerful way of revealing the truth about your life [as modifier]: a tarot reading
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    • I did much reading about Reincarnation, Astrology, Magick, Divination and Tarot.
    • The suits are only called what they are because they were common objects when the Tarot was originated - swords and staves, coins and cups, they're everyday items.
    • Our strengths include our commitment to truth and healing, our unconstrained support for one another, and the gift that is Tarot.
  • 1.1A card game played with tarot cards.
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    • The blank cards can be used as an alternative to following suit (rather like the fool in classic tarot games).
    • You and that beautiful woman - yes, yes, the one with the blue eyes - playing tarot with the French dudes.
    • Turns out its a part of a flash card set for kids to learn numbers and such, but the tarot reference got us talking about doing a Fisher Price tarot set, like Tarot for kids.
  • 1.2 [count noun] A card from a pack of tarot cards.
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    • "Great," She smiled, " I'm gonna go over and talk to her, maybe have her read my tarots".
    • She claimed to be able to sense the suit of a tarot card (Fire, Water, Matter, Air) through opaque barriers.
    • If a tarot card gets ‘marked’ in some way, that can generally be considered a blessing on that card.


late 16th century: from French, from Italian tarocchi, of unknown origin.

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