Fan-tan definition

făntăn
A Chinese betting game in which the players lay wagers on the number of counters that will remain when a hidden pile of them has been divided by four.
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A card game in which sequentially higher and lower cards are played starting with the sevens, the first player to run out of cards being the winner.
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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.
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A card game in which the players seek to discard all their cards in proper sequence.
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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