Definition of contract bridge in US English:

contract bridge


  • The standard form of the card game bridge, in which only tricks bid and won count toward the game, as opposed to auction bridge.

    • ‘During this period it began to lose ground in favour of bridge, especially contract bridge.’
    • ‘Although superseded by the crossword puzzle craze and contract bridge, it continued to be popular among Jewish matrons until the 1960s.’
    • ‘The late eighteenth-century game of high-stakes poker, which the Revolution and Napoleon had turned into Russian roulette, gave way to contract bridge.’
    • ‘Duplicate contract bridge, in which each competitor or team plays identical hands under similar conditions, is the main form of competitive bridge.’
    • ‘This is the game that the plain word ‘bridge ‘originally referred to, before the development of auction bridge and then today's 'contract bridge.'’


contract bridge

/ˈkänˌtrakt ˌbrij//ˈkɑnˌtrækt ˌbrɪdʒ/