- a game for two persons played on a board having two tables or parts, each marked with 12 points, and with both players having 15 pieces that are moved in accordance with throws of the dice.
- a victory at this game, especially one resulting in a tripled score.
- to defeat at backgammon, especially to win a triple score over.
Origin of backgammon
Examples from the Web for backgammon
“Traditionally, older Iranian men have smoked opium in their poetry readings and backgammon gatherings,” says Bahari.As Iran’s Marijuana Trade Thrives, Is It Becoming a Nation of Stoners?
August 10, 2014
“Getting together for a game of chess, backgammon, or just to have a conversation,” the rakers report reads.9 Secrets of the NYPD’s Spy Unit Revealed in ‘Enemies Within’
August 29, 2013
Slim countertops had brown and white cushioned seats under them—circular and clean like backgammon pieces.Why Is McDonald's Getting Fancy?
December 28, 2009
The great thing about backgammon is that if you win, you're a killer, but if you lose, you're just unlucky.
The pair hit it off betting on backgammon, posting the results of their matches prominently.
Marjorie looked up from the backgammon board at which she and Mary were seated.Marjorie Dean
Madame de Dangeau will challenge me, with a yawn, to a game of backgammon.Louis XIV., Makers of History Series
John S. C. Abbott
Backgammon boards with lettering behind them should be their companions.Suspended Judgments
John Cowper Powys
Backgammon is also a favorite play, and there are several forms of it.Child-Life in Japan and Japanese Child Stories
Mrs. M. Chaplin Ayrton
You will say, Why not take to backgammon, or ecarte, or amuse yourself with a book?The Fitz-Boodle Papers
William Makepeace Thackeray
- a game for two people played on a board with pieces moved according to throws of the dice
- the most complete form of win in this game
Word Origin and History for backgammon
1640s, baggammon, the second element from Middle English gamen, ancestor of game; the first element because pieces are sometimes forced to go "back." Known 13c.-17c. as tables.