keno

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From French quine, with reference to a set of five winning lottery numbers.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

keno (uncountable)

  1. A gambling game, a variety of the game of lotto, played with balls or knobs, numbered, and cards also numbered.
    • 1971: Memories of this night are extremely hazy. All I have, for guide-pegs, is a pocketful of keno cards and cocktail napkins, all covered with scribbled notes. — Hunter S. Thompson, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (Harper Perennial 2005, p. 41)