One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A card game for two players, played originally in 19th-century France, in which thirty-two cards are used, and certain cards may be discarded in exchange for others.
A position in which the dancer, facing diagonally toward the audience, extends one leg to the side with the arm of the same side raised above the head and the other arm extended to the side.
Early 19th century: French, past participle of écarter ‘discard, throw out’, from é ‘out’ + carte ‘card’.
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