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[ches-bawrd, -bohrd] /ˈtʃɛsˌbɔrd, -ˌboʊrd/
the board, identical with a checkerboard, used for playing chess.
Origin of chessboard
1400-50; late Middle English. See chess1, board Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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Examples from the Web for chess-board
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  • In reply Nance rose, and going to a shelf brought down a chess-board and a small box containing the various pieces.

    If Any Man Sin H. A. Cody
  • Rachel and her father were poring intently over the chess-board.

    The Arbiter Lady F. E. E. Bell
  • He gets up into the body of the Turk just so high as to bring his eyes above the level of the chess-board.

  • Men's minds are like the pieces on a chess-board in their way of moving.

    The Poet at the Breakfast Table Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
  • I looked upon his philosophical apparatus merely as toys and playthings, like a chess-board or a billiard table.

    Shelley at Oxford Thomas Jefferson Hogg
  • And that this matter was neglected over the chess-board might well be accounted a mistake.

  • Even in the west, the rule of the chess-board was sometimes broken.

    Ancient Town-Planning F. Haverfield
  • This, then, was the chess-board on which the game of submarine warfare was played.

    Submarine Warfare of To-day Charles W. Domville-Fife
  • It follows that the chess-board arrangement which is so conspicuous at Gizeh is not here to be noticed.

  • On the top of this latter is a chess-board, also permanently affixed.

British Dictionary definitions for chess-board


a square board divided into 64 squares of two alternating colours, used for playing chess or draughts
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for chess-board

mid-15c., from chess + board (n.1).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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