pl. n. hands
1. n., in card games, the cards held by a particular player; from Old English, before 12th c. Ex: Two-seven off-suit — that’s a terrible hand.
2. in hobbyist card games, a set of cards held by a particular player, usu. kept secret from other players, from which the players draws cards to play; as opposed to cards that have already been played, or a deck that the player controls. Ex: Four Ensigns and a Diagnostic Check — that’s a terrible hand.
3. one round of dealt cards. Ex: Okay, it’s the Third Age — deal the last hand.