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monte Syllabification: mon·te
Pronunciation: /ˈmän(t)ē/

Definition of monte in English:


1 short for three-card monte.
Example sentences
  • Before seeing the monte, the bidder discards up to four unwanted cards face down.
2A Spanish game of chance, played with forty-five cards.
Example sentences
  • This game is often called three-card monte in America, a name taken from monte, a Spanish game using 45 playing cards, which was once common in Mexico and California.
  • In truth, he was a card cheat of remarkable dexterity who routinely cleaned out the sophisticates in games of three-card monte.
  • Part of his plan is to develop the same skills at three-card monte that Lincoln, who has given up cards, used to have.


Early 19th century: Spanish, literally 'mountain', also 'heap of cards left after dealing' (from an earlier game of chance played with forty-five cards).

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