What does the word whist mean?

Usage examples for whist

  1. Farewell to Mortlake, murmured Longcluse, as he heard these sounds, with a shrug and his peculiar smile; farewell, the lights, the claret- jug, the whist, and all the rest. – Checkmate by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
  2. At a small table he recognised Brandes and Stull playing what appeared to be bridge whist with two men whom he had never before seen. – The Dark Star by Robert W. Chambers