chemin de fer

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from French chemin de fer ‘railway’.

Noun[edit]

chemin de fer (uncountable)

  1. A card game, a variation of baccarat.
    • 2005, Mark Zegarelli, Poker Logic Puzzles, ISBN-13: 9781402723964, page 73:
      The person who left at 1:00 is either Alice or the woman who played chemin de fer (9), so in either case she is a woman.
    • 2006, Thomas Pynchon, Against the Day, Vintage 2007, p. 603-4:
      “Come on,” Kit motioning her with his head over to a chemin-de-fer table

French[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ʃə.mɛ̃ də fɛʁ/

Noun[edit]

chemin de fer m (plural chemins de fer)

  1. Railroad, railway.

Synonyms[edit]