Definition of tarot in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈterō/


(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 trump.
Example sentences
  • 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.
Example sentences
  • 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.
1.2A tarot card.
Example sentences
  • I'm going to get out the Tarot cards again and give them a try.
  • When I first met her she was reading Tarot cards on a picnic table in the smoking area.
  • About two years ago whilst looking for a deck of Tarot cards, a strange man approached me and pointed out a box that I kept passing over.


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

Words that rhyme with tarot

arrow, barrow, farrow, harrow, Jarrow, marrow, narrow, sparrow, taro, Varro, yarrow

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Syllabification: ta·rot

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