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Meaning of WHIST

Pronunciation:  wist

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  a card game for four players who form two partnerships; a pack of 52 cards is dealt and each side scores one point for each trick it takes in excess of six

WHIST is a 5 letter word that starts with W.


 Synonyms: long whist, short whist
 See Also: Black Maria, card game, cards, dummy whist, hearts



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Whist\, n.
    {Bridge whist}. See {Bridge}, n., above.
    {Duplicate whist}, a form of whist in playing which the hands
       are preserved as dealt and played again by other players,
       as when each side holds in the second round the cards
       played by the opposing side in the first round.
    {Solo whist}. See {Solo whist}, above. Whitecap \White"cap`\,
    A member of a self-appointed vigilance committee attempting
    by lynch-law methods to drive away or coerce persons
    obnoxious to it. Some early ones wore white hoods or masks.
    [U. S.] -- {White"cap`}, v. -- {White"cap`per}, n.
  2. \Whist\, interj. [Cf. G. st! pst! bst! ???. Cf. {Hist}.]
    Be silent; be still; hush; silence.
  3. \Whist\, n. [From {Whist}, interj.]
    A certain game at cards; -- so called because it requires
    silence and close attention. It is played by four persons
    (those who sit opposite each other being partners) with a
    complete pack of fifty-two cards. Each player has thirteen
    cards, and when these are played out, he hand is finished,
    and the cards are again shuffled and distributed.
    Note: Points are scored for the tricks taken in excess of
          six, and for the honors held. In long whist, now seldom
          played, ten points make the game; in short whist, now
          usually played in England, five points make the game.
          In American whist, so-called, honors are not counted,
          and seven points by tricks make the game.
  4. \Whist\, v. t. [From {Whist}, interj.]
    To hush or silence. [Obs.] --Spenser.
  5. \Whist\, v. i.
    To be or become silent or still; to be hushed or mute. [R.]
  6. \Whist\, a. [Properly p. p. of whist, v.]
    Not speaking; not making a noise; silent; mute; still; quiet.
    ``So whist and dead a silence.'' --Sir J. Harrington.
          The winds, with wonder whist, Smoothly the waters
          kissed.                                  --Milton.
    Note: This adjective generally follows its noun, or is used