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A card game in which two cards are chosen from four laid out face-up and a player bets that one of the two will be matched in suit by the dealer before the other one.

[Spanish, mountain, pile, monte, from Italian, from Latin mōns, mont-, mountain; see men- in Indo-European roots.]


1. (Card Games) a gambling card game of Spanish origin
2. informal Austral a certainty
[C19: from Spanish: mountain, hence pile of cards]


(ˈmɒn ti)

1. Also called mon′te bank`. a gambling game played with a 40-card pack.
[1815–25; < Sp: mountain, hence, heap (of cards); see mount2]

Monte, Monty

 the pile of cards left after each player has taken his share.
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Noun1.monte - a gambling card game of Spanish origin; 3 or 4 cards are dealt face up and players bet that one of them will be matched before the others as the cards are dealt from the pack one at a time
card game, cards - a game played with playing cards
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He had on a loose double-skirted dark brown jacket bound tight to his body with a white cloth; he wore besides breeches and gaiters of brown cloth, and on his head a brown montera; and he had the gaiters turned up as far as the middle of the leg, which verily seemed to be of pure alabaster.
As soon as he had done bathing his beautiful feet, he wiped them with a towel he took from under the montera, on taking off which he raised his face, and those who were watching him had an opportunity of seeing a beauty so exquisite that Cardenio said to the curate in a whisper:
The youth then took off the montera, and shaking his head from side to side there broke loose and spread out a mass of hair that the beams of the sun might have envied; by this they knew that what had seemed a peasant was a lovely woman, nay the most beautiful the eyes of two of them had ever beheld, or even Cardenio's if they had not seen and known Luscinda, for he afterwards declared that only the beauty of Luscinda could compare with this.
Joel Villanueva arrested Benedicto Beltran, 50, his partner Mildred Beltran, 46, and Sherwin Montera, 46, during the bust along Matapang Street Area B in Barangay Payatas at around 8 p.m.
Ils sont au fond et avec la maree basse, la probabilite qu'ils se deplacent davantage vers la terre est faible, presque improbable, c'est pourquoi nous attendrons demain, quand la maree montera, avec les remorqueurs, nous pourrons les deplacer vers le large (...), avant que la maree ne monte completement," a-t-il dit.
A para-athlete with the SS6 Classification, Respicio bested Jovel Montera of Mandaue, Cebu in the finals, 30-10.
They were welcomed Terrenal; Alquiros; 4th year SM scholar Mark Joseph Montera; Engr.
Participating artists are: Harold Gomez, Fitz Herrera, Binong Alvin Javier, Marlon Magbanua, Dennis "Sio" Montera, Jayson Muring, Michael Pastorizo, Jay Ragma, Alfonso Recto, and Valen Valero.

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