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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. 2017.
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  • Of the divine frivolity of laughter he was only capable over a chessboard.

    Chance Joseph Conrad
  • The Cuban bent his brows as if he were reflecting over a chessboard.

    Romance Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
  • “I like him,” she said, and stepped forward toward the chessboard.

    The Blue Wall

    Richard Washburn Child
  • In A we use counters; in B we can employ rooks on a corner of a chessboard.

    The Canterbury Puzzles

    Henry Ernest Dudeney
  • He replaced the pieces on the chessboard, and looked for the explanation of failure, but in vain.

    The Immortal Alphonse Daudet
  • Perceval prays God to direct him to the Castle of the chessboard.

  • A chessboard was between them, and their attention was fixed on the game.

  • It was well known that he held a key position on the chessboard of politics.

  • He paused and indicated the thinned-out ranks of pawns on the chessboard.

    The Coast of Adventure Harold Bindloss
British Dictionary definitions for chessboard


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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