Definitions for canastakəˈnæs tə
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
a variety of rummy played with two decks of cards plus jokers.
Origin of canasta:
1945–50; < Sp: lit., basket
canasta, basket rummy, meld(noun)
a form of rummy using two decks of cards and four jokers; jokers and deuces are wild; the object is to form groups of the same rank
A card game, using two packs, similar to rummy, where the object is to meld groups of the same rank.
A meld of seven cards in said card game.
Canasta is a card game of the rummy family of games believed to be a variant of 500 Rum. Although many variations exist for two, three, five or six players, it is most commonly played by four in two partnerships with two standard decks of cards. Players attempt to make melds of seven cards of the same rank and "go out" by playing all cards in their hand. It is the only partnership member of the family of Rummy games to achieve the status of a classic. The game of Canasta was devised by Segundo Santos and Alberto Serrato in Montevideo, Uruguay, in 1939. In the 1940s the game quickly spread in myriad variations to Chile, Peru, Brazil and Argentina, where its rules were further refined before being introduced to the United States in 1948, where it was then referred to as the Argentine Rummy game by Ottilie H. Reilly in 1949 and Michael Scully of Coronet magazine in 1953. The game quickly became a card-craze boom in the 1950s providing a sales avalanche of card sets, card trays and books about the subject.
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