What Does "tarot" Mean in Spanish?


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The word "tarot" means "tarot" in Spanish. It is a masculine noun written as "el tarot." The phrase "carta de tarot" means tarot card.

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The word "tarot" dates from sometime in the 1590s. It comes from the French word, "tarot," which was derived from the Old Italian word, "tarocchi." It is possible that the word also was derived from the Arab word "taraha," which means "he put aside, rejected."

Tarot cards were first used in Italy in the 14th century for fortune-telling and as playing cards. "Tarot" referred to the 22 cards that were added to the 56-card playing deck. Spanish tarot cards were similar to those used in Italy.

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