One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(in card games for three or more players) the player who is the first to receive a complete hand, usually the player immediately to the left of the dealer.
- ‘The cards are dealt in rotation to the right, beginning with the eldest hand.’
- ‘When the players' seats are decided, the Eldest Hand should be determined.’
- ‘The player who received the first card from the deal may be known as eldest hand, or as forehand.’
- ‘If eldest hand passes, dealer's partner may call the trump suit or pass and so on.’
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