Definition of blackjack in English:

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blackjack

Pronunciation: /ˈblakˌjak/

noun

1chiefly North American A gambling card game in which players try to acquire cards with a face value as close as possible to 21 without going over. Also called twenty-one, vingt-et-un.
Example sentences
  • The site offers slots, roulette and animated card games including poker and blackjack.
  • In a game such as blackjack, an astute player can try to memorize the cards already played to have a better chance of predicting which cards will come up later.
  • These men attended and enjoyed spectator sports, bet on prize fights and wrestling matches, and gambled at poker, blackjack, and dice.
2North American A short, leather-covered, typically lead-filled club with a flexible handle, used as a weapon.
Example sentences
  • Firehoses were turned on and soon three thousand picketers, thugs, and police rumbled in the streets with clubs, blackjacks, wrenches, chains, and tear gas.
  • Bats, clubs, sticks, blackjacks, Brazilian fighting rods, rocks, and Japanese club sticks are just a few of the more favored tools used in beating people to a pulp.
  • Johnigan folded in half over the keyboard, giving Al the chance to bang him hard on the back of the head with a lead-weighted blackjack.
3 historical A pirate’s black ensign.
4 historical A tarred-leather container used for alcoholic drinks.

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Syllabification: black·jack

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