Meaning of RUBBER in English

n. 1 a match of three or five successive games between the same sides or persons at whist, bridge, cricket, lawn tennis, etc. 2 (prec. by the) a the act of winning two games in a rubber. b a third game when each side has won one.

[ orig. unkn.: used as a term in bowls from c. 1600 ]

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