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2 definitions found
 for fantan
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Fan-tan \Fan"-tan`\ (f[a^]n"t[a^]n`), n. [Chinese (of Canton) in
     an-tan-kun gambling house.]
     1. A Chinese gambling game in which coins or other small
        objects are placed upon a table, usually under a cup, and
        the players bet as to what remainder will be left when the
        sum of the counters is divided by four.
        [Webster 1913 Suppl.]
  
     2. A game with playing cards in which the cards are played in
        sequences upon the table, the one who first gets rid of
        his cards being the winner.
        [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  fantan
      n 1: a Chinese gambling game; a random number of counters are
           placed under a bowl and you gamble on how many will be left
           (0, 1, 2, or 3 modulo 4) [syn: fantan, fan tan]
      2: a card game in which you play your sevens and other cards in
         sequence in the same suit as the sevens; you win if you are
         the first to use all your cards [syn: fantan, sevens,
         parliament]

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