fantan fantan


  1. (n) 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)
  2. (n) 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



  1. As usual, the men swarmed ashore to jam the smoky teahouses and to try their luck at fantan.
  2. It is almost dark in the gambling house by the bridge, but a fantan game is going on.
  3. When a new game of fantan or mah-jongg is about to begin, gamblers from the Chinese side quickly pad over the bridge without having to pass the French check point.
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incipient incipient
/ɪn ˈsɪ pi ənt /