Fan-tan Definition

A Chinese gambling game in which the players bet on the number of beans, etc. that will be left from a pile after it has been counted off in fours.
Webster's New World
A card game in which the players seek to discard all their cards in proper sequence.
Webster's New World
  • fantan

Origin of Fan-tan

  • Mandarin fān tān fān turn (from Middle Chinese faːn) tān to spread out (from Middle Chinese than)

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

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