Definition of cribbage in English:



  • [mass noun] A card game, usually for two players, in which the objective is to play so that the pip value of one's cards played reaches exactly 15 or 31.

    • ‘Play is the same as traditional cribbage [so each player discards two cards to make another crib for the dealer].’
    • ‘We would fall asleep listening to my grandparents sitting at the table playing cards or cribbage.’
    • ‘Friends yesterday described him as a ‘straightforward family man’, a father-of-three who enjoyed playing weekly cribbage at his local pub.’
    • ‘I gave her a kiss on the cheek and she stunned me with a request that we play cribbage later, she normally hated card games and it was almost like coming home to a completely different person.’
    • ‘Tuesday: fresh meat and cribbage at the activity center.’
    • ‘They stay up late, talking and playing cribbage.’
    • ‘Playing cards and cribbage, they cozy up around a neighborhood tavern and while away the winter, or soak in some of the hot springs along the coast.’
    • ‘You can win at cribbage more often than at most card game solitaires; but solitaire cribbage invokes more skill than other solitaires.’
    • ‘If you enjoy a good espionage novel, possess a keen sense of irony, love Monopoly, Scrabble, backgammon, cribbage, and chess, send message to my PO box.’
    • ‘And for Axelson, that means a lot more scrabble, cribbage, cards in the van, more soccer and football at gas stops, and, thankfully, not much Dora the Explorer or diaper changing.’
    • ‘We love to roll dice and move pieces around a board, plot battleship strategies, play cribbage, chess, and mancala.’
    • ‘After a consideration of jacks and cribbage, the old man decides the two can play a board game with Confederate and Union soldiers.’
    • ‘Double Cribbage is four player cribbage with fixed partnerships; five cards each are dealt, one being discarded to the dealer's box.’
    • ‘In a town where the Saturday night entertainment was playing community cribbage, my Tarot cards caused quite a ruckus.’
    • ‘For the less exercise-driven Alice Springs also provides for the eight ballers, darts players, those who shuffle cards, be it cribbage or bridge, and for those who engage their intellect in chess.’
    • ‘Shouldn't they be in a ‘community’ somewhere playing cribbage and sharing ear hair stories?’
    • ‘Weekly programs include exercise classes, mall walking, noon meals, choir and orchestra practices, harmonica band practice, bridge, whist, cribbage and table games.’
    • ‘Older people often enjoy bingo and cribbage (a card game).’
    • ‘In fact Luke wrote two books on the probabilities of winning at the card game of cribbage.’
    • ‘The person to the left of the caller starts the play, which is played and pegged as in normal cribbage.’


Mid 17th century: related to crib; the game is said to have been invented by the English poet Sir John Suckling; it seems to have been developed from an older game called Noddy.