A card game, a variation of rummy, usually for two or four players, using a double deck of cards and four jokers.
Webster's New World
A meld of seven cards having the same rank in this game.
- basket rummy
Other Word Forms of Canasta
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.
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