AskDefine | Define ombre

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Etymology

hominem

Noun

  1. man

French

Pronunciation

Noun

ombre

Related terms

Italian

Noun

ombre
  1. Plural of ombra

Spanish

Noun

ombre

Extensive Definition

Ombre is a card game played by three players with a deck of 40 cards, having no 8s, 9s, or 10s. This game was popular during the 18th century, especially in Spain.
Each player would be dealt 9 cards (representing the nine muses) while the rest would be part of a 'stock.' The player to the right of the dealer commences play and is declared the "ombre" or literally "the man" and trump is decided by that person.
For an even more bare bones version of the rules, know that Alexander Pope made gratuitous references within his mock-heroic, epic poem, The Rape of the Lock — which, when considered beyond the language of his text, becomes a much simpler game than the original game.
ombre in Spanish: Zanga
ombre in Polish: Lombr
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