Borrowed from French baccarat, baccara [19th c.], likely named after the French town Baccarat (noted for glassmaking) in Grand Est, of ultimately unclear and debated origin [1291?]. If by some Vulgar Latin *Bacchara, the town is possibly named from Latin Bacchi ara ("altar of Bacchus"; the original pagan reference of the name was forgotten), name of an ancient Roman castellum, of which there remains a relic called the "Tower of Bacha" on the heights of Deneuvre, from whence Baccarat is an ancient suburb. Other hypotheses have also been suggested, including descent from Celtic.
- IPA(key): /ˈbækəɹɑː/, /ˈbɑːkəɹɑː/, /bɑːkəˈrɑː/
- (colloquial, proscribed) enPR: băk'ə-răt, IPA(key): /ˈbækəɹæt/
- (card games) A card game resembling chemin de fer with many forms - usually entailing the player(s) betting against two or three hands dealt - also bearing some similarities to blackjack.
baccarat m (plural baccarats)
- Alternative form of