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This game is King of the Dictionary and is one of the 175 Great Games that Matthew Toone teaches in his book.
Players – 3 or more
Objects needed – dictionary, paper, pencils
Directions – Select a King and rotate each round so everyone takes a turn at being the King. The King opens the dictionary and chooses a random word that most people would NOT know. The harder the better. The other players write their own definition of the chosen word. The goal is to make every definition sound so convincing that other players will think it is the real meaning of the word. The King writes the correct definition on their paper.
Players hand their definitions to the King who reads them all aloud. After hearing the definitions each player (except for the king) guesses which one they think is correct.
One Point = for every vote you get on your own definition
One Point = if you vote for the correct one
Three Points = if you write down the correct definition
The first one to ten points wins!
Since the king cannot get points being the king has to rotate each time. I have seen versions where the king gets three or five points if NOBODY chooses the correct definition. This encourages the king to pick a good word and read the definitions with a straight face. Plus it keeps the king in play 🙂