Definition of tarot in English:



mass nounthe Tarot
  • 1Playing cards, traditionally a pack of 78 with five suits, used for fortune-telling and (especially in Europe) in certain games. The suits are typically swords, cups, coins (or pentacles), batons (or wands), and a permanent suit of trumps.

    ‘tarot is a powerful way of revealing the truth about your life’
    as modifier ‘a tarot reading’
    • ‘I did much reading about Reincarnation, Astrology, Magick, Divination and Tarot.’
    • ‘The suits are only called what they are because they were common objects when the Tarot was originated - swords and staves, coins and cups, they're everyday items.’
    • ‘Our strengths include our commitment to truth and healing, our unconstrained support for one another, and the gift that is Tarot.’
    • ‘I make decisions easier now and don't agonize over them like I used to - the pendulum and Tarot have helped me greatly here.’
    • ‘Some common examples are the Tarot, Runes, I-Ching, Ifa.’
    1. 1.1A card game played with tarot cards.
      • ‘The blank cards can be used as an alternative to following suit (rather like the fool in classic tarot games).’
      • ‘You and that beautiful woman - yes, yes, the one with the blue eyes - playing tarot with the French dudes.’
      • ‘Turns out its a part of a flash card set for kids to learn numbers and such, but the tarot reference got us talking about doing a Fisher Price tarot set, like Tarot for kids.’
    2. 1.2count noun A card from a pack of tarot cards.
      • ‘"Great," She smiled, " I'm gonna go over and talk to her, maybe have her read my tarots".’
      • ‘She claimed to be able to sense the suit of a tarot card (Fire, Water, Matter, Air) through opaque barriers.’
      • ‘If a tarot card gets ‘marked’ in some way, that can generally be considered a blessing on that card.’
      • ‘While visiting a friend who has a 2 year-old, I saw a card on the floor that looked like a tarot card.’
      • ‘Investigators found a spent bullet casing and a handwritten message scrawled on the back of a tarot card that denotes death.’


Late 16th century from French, from Italian tarocchi, of unknown origin.