Definition of eldest hand in English:

eldest hand


  • (in card games for three or more players) the first player dealt to, usually the player immediately to the left of the dealer.

    • ‘If eldest hand passes, dealer's partner may call the trump suit or pass and so on.’
    • ‘The cards are dealt in rotation to the right, beginning with the eldest hand.’
    • ‘The player who received the first card from the deal may be known as eldest hand, or as forehand.’
    • ‘When the players' seats are decided, the Eldest Hand should be determined.’