Canasta meaning

kə-năstə
A card game for two to six players, requiring two or three decks of cards, in which the object is to obtain melds of three or more cards of the same rank.
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A meld of seven cards having the same rank in this game.
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A card game, a variation of rummy, usually for two or four players, using a double deck of cards and four jokers.
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(uncountable, games, card games) A card game similar to rummy and played using two packs, where the object is to meld groups of the same rank.
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(countable, card games) A meld of seven cards in a game of canasta.
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Origin of canasta

  • Spanish canasta basket, canasta (in reference to the container or tray used to hold the piles of undrawn and discarded cards when playing the game) from canasto basket with a narrowing opening (influenced by cesta basket) from Latin canistrum canister

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Spanish canasta. The game originates from Uruguay.

    From Wiktionary