Definition of canasta noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//kəˈnæstə//
; NAmE NAmE//kəˈnæstə//
[uncountable] Card games
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a card game played with two packs of cards, in which players try to collect sets of cards See related entries: Card games Word Origin1940s: from Spanish (of Uruguayan origin), literally ‘basket’, based on Latin canistrum ‘basket’, from Greek kanastron ‘wicker basket’, from kanna ‘cane, reed’, kannē, of Semitic origin.
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