Main definitions of whist in English

: whist1whist2

whist1

noun

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

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘You can't play tennis on your own, or chess or whist or poker.’
    • ‘The weekly whist held on Monday's in the Day Care Centre is always eagerly awaited.’
    • ‘It is based on whist and unlike many whist games is probably best suited for 3 players.’
    • ‘In the twentieth century, bridge has displaced whist as the most popular card game internationally among serious card players.’
    • ‘My preferred game is poker but last night we played contract whist.’
    • ‘Chess is bound down by ‘fanciful’ rules that do not test the true powers of an analytical mind, as whist does.’
    • ‘I was wondering if you would join us in a game of whist.’
    • ‘The Narrator compares playing card games such as whist to using analytical powers of the human mind.’
    • ‘After abandoning poker we moved onto knockout whist.’
    • ‘Top score at Newtown whist on Saturday was won by Michael Ferris, Castlecomer Ladies Margaret Brennan and Mary Warren.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Players are reminded that whist continues each Sunday evening, commencing at 9 pm.’
    • ‘Because Grabowski hated to play cards they were forced into three-handed whist.’
    • ‘The whist starts at 9.15 pm and score cards are £3 for adults and £2 for juveniles.’
    • ‘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.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

whist

/wɪst/

Main definitions of whist in English

: whist1whist2

whist2

exclamation

Pronunciation

whist

/wɪst/