If you are still new to Indian rummy and not well-versed with rummy vocabulary, we are here to help you. We have come up with a glossary blog that is sure to help enhance your rummy vocabulary. Read along to know and understand all those words that went bonkers and confused you:


A combination of three cards of same value but of different signs is called a set. A set can be formed by combining face cards or number cards but the signs of cards in a set need to be different.

Pure Sequence

A pure sequence or life 1 is of extreme importance in rummy. It is a sequence formed by combining cards of same sign and values in ascending or descending order. A pure sequence can be formed by using just number cards, just face cards or a combination of both.

Real Sequence

The real sequence is the second major sequence in a 13 cards rummy game. The real sequence is also made by arranging face cards, number cards or a combination of both arranged in ascending or descending order. The real sequence may use jokers for completion.


Meld is an alternate term used to describe sets.

Pulled-Out Joker

A card is randomly pulled out from the deck to play the role of a joker. This card is referred to as a pulled-out joker. For instance, if you pull a 6 of hearts from the deck, all the 6s in the deck will be regarded as pulled-out jokers.

Disposed Pile

The pile of cards disposed by opponents from which you may pick the top card for completion of set or sequence is regarded as disposed pile.

Open Card

When you play rummy offline, after the distribution of cards, the top card on the deck is left as open card. The open card has the same role as the start of the game as top card on disposed pile has in the rest of the game.

Face Card

Cards that have a face are known as face cards in rummy. In each deck, there are twelve face cards, three of all signs. There are K, Q and J of spades, hearts, diamonds and clubs. All face cards are high point cards and have a value of 10 points each.

Number Card

There are nine number cards in each deck. Ace may invariably be used as a number card or a part of face card. The points for Ace are always counted as ten in case it is not a part of a set or a sequence.


A dealer is a person who distributes the cards. The player preceding the dealer holds the responsibility to pull out the joker. The player proceeding the dealer has the responsibility to show the open card to all players.


A deal is a turn of distribution of cards. In deals rummy, the number of deals that will be played is decided beforehand.


A player is allowed to pass his game if he feels he cannot win the game. If the player passes the game at the beginning, he is charged minimum points of 20 or 25. If he passes the game half way through the game, he is charged 40 or 50 points depending on the variation of the game played.


The pure sequence and real sequence are together called life in rummy. Till a person manages to form life, his hand is counted as a full hand.

A person needs to understand all the above listed terminologies well if he has to participate in official rummy tournaments.