Main definitions of whist in English

: whist1whist2

whist1

noun

  • A card game, usually for two pairs of players, in which points are scored according to the number of tricks won.

    • ‘It is based on whist and unlike many whist games is probably best suited for 3 players.’
    • ‘Because Grabowski hated to play cards they were forced into three-handed whist.’
    • ‘After abandoning poker we moved onto knockout whist.’
    • ‘For example, when whist became popular in 18th-century England, players in the Portland Club agreed on a set of house rules for use on its premises.’
    • ‘My preferred game is poker but last night we played contract whist.’
    • ‘In the twentieth century, bridge has displaced whist as the most popular card game internationally among serious card players.’
    • ‘If it had not been for Kennedy, Pamela, and Captain Pellew coming to play whist the last few days, he thought he would surely go insane.’
    • ‘You can't play tennis on your own, or chess or whist or poker.’
    • ‘Top score at Newtown whist on Saturday was won by Michael Ferris, Castlecomer Ladies Margaret Brennan and Mary Warren.’
    • ‘The weekly whist held on Monday's in the Day Care Centre is always eagerly awaited.’
    • ‘The whist starts at 9.15 pm and score cards are £3 for adults and £2 for juveniles.’
    • ‘I was wondering if you would join us in a game of whist.’
    • ‘Players are reminded that whist continues each Sunday evening, commencing at 9 pm.’
    • ‘The Narrator compares playing card games such as whist to using analytical powers of the human mind.’
    • ‘Chess is bound down by ‘fanciful’ rules that do not test the true powers of an analytical mind, as whist does.’
    • ‘He turned his gaze back to Sarah and her friends who were quietly indulging themselves in a game of whist whilst the party was in full swing around them.’

Origin

Mid 17th century (earlier as whisk): perhaps from whisk (with reference to whisking away the tricks); perhaps associated with whist.

Pronunciation:

whist

/(h)wist/

Main definitions of whist in English

: whist1whist2

whist2

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Pronunciation:

whist

/(h)wist/