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Topic: CARDS

Date: 1600-1700
Language: French
Origin: ponton 'floating bridge', from Latin ponto, from pons 'bridge'

pontoon

noun
     
pon‧toon
1 [countable]TEC one of several metal containers or boats that are fastened together to support a floating bridge
2 [countable]TT one of two hollow metal containers fastened to the bottom of a plane so that it can come down onto water and float
3 [uncountable] British EnglishDGC a card game, usually played for money [= blackjack American English]
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