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"joker" in British English

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jokernoun [C]

uk   /ˈdəʊ.kər/  us   /ˈdʒoʊ.kɚ/
  • joker noun [C] (CARD)

a ​specialplayingcard that can be given any ​value and is used in some ​cardgamesinstead of any other ​card
(Definition of joker from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"joker" in American English

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jokernoun [C]

 us   /ˈdʒoʊ·kər/
  • joker noun [C] (PLAYING CARD)

(in some ​cardgames) a ​specialplayingcard that can be given any ​value and used ​instead of any other ​card
  • joker noun [C] (RIDICULOUS PERSON)

an ​annoyingperson: We had to ​wait for an ​hour because some joker ​lost the ​key.
(Definition of joker from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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