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adjective Heraldry.
  1. checky.


or chequ·y

adjective Heraldry.
  1. divided into several rows of squares of two alternating tinctures: a fess checky, or and azure.

Origin of checky

1400–50; late Middle English cheke(e) < Middle French escheque checked, chequered in pattern, past participle of eschequer, derivative of eschec check1
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Examples from the Web for chequy

Historical Examples

  • It gives the coat of arms as, Chequy or and azure, a chevron ermine.

    Shakespeare's Family

    Mrs. C. C. Stopes

  • The antient Earls of Warren and Surrey bore ‘chequy, or and azure.’

  • Only the eldest sons bore the Chevron chequy, the rest of the family bore the Beauchamp crosses crosslet.

    Shakespeare's Family

    Mrs. C. C. Stopes

  • Whereas the old earles of Warwicke bare chequy or and azure, a cheueron ermin, many thereabout tooke ermine and chequy.

  • The shield used by the town of Halifax has the canting "Holy Face" upon a chequy field.

    A Complete Guide to Heraldry

    Arthur Charles Fox-Davies

British Dictionary definitions for chequy


  1. (usually postpositive) heraldry having squares of alternating tinctures or furs; checked
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