Definition of banco in English:


Pronunciation /ˈbaNGkō/ /ˈbæŋkoʊ/


  • Used in baccarat, chemin de fer, and similar games to express a player's willingness to meet the banker's whole stake single-handed.

    ‘I nevertheless called banco and got the second-best hand in chemin-de-fer, an eight.’
    • ‘People with white ducks and beautiful yachts, Errol Flynn walking about, Ari yelling banco in the casino: this was heaven on earth, and I swore to myself right then and there that I would return.’


Late 18th century via French from Italian.