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[ches-man, -muh n] /ˈtʃɛsˌmæn, -mən/
noun, plural chessmen
[ches-men, -muh n] /ˈtʃɛsˌmɛn, -mən/ (Show IPA)
any piece used in the game of chess.
Origin of chessman
1275-1325; Middle English; earlier chesse meyne, equivalent to chesse chess1 + meyne household (man, men by folk etymology) < Middle French mesniée < Latin mansiōn- (stem of mansiō); see mansion Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for chessman
Historical Examples
  • "I 'm off my play; I have not touched a chessman these three years," said Ogden, pettishly.

    One Of Them Charles James Lever
  • "Don't talk to me that way, Barry," chessman growled truculently.

    Adaptation Dallas McCord Reynolds
  • The Tulans began dragging the snarling, cursing chessman to the door.

    Adaptation Dallas McCord Reynolds
  • And why I did not take my revenge on chessman after he'd killed Reif.

    Adaptation Dallas McCord Reynolds
  • chessman assumed command of the men, growled brief instructions.

    Adaptation Dallas McCord Reynolds
  • Plekhanov rumbled at him, "I'll explain our position, chessman, if you please."

    Adaptation Dallas McCord Reynolds
  • "Leonid Plekhanov is no longer with us," chessman said dourly.

    Adaptation Dallas McCord Reynolds
  • "I know you and your poor play," said Nozdrev, moving a chessman.

    Dead Souls Nikolai Vasilievich Gogol
  • I say again that it is a long time since last I had a chessman in my hand.

    Dead Souls Nikolai Vasilievich Gogol
  • "In fact, it is a long time since last I had a chessman in my hand," replied Chichikov, also moving a piece.

    Dead Souls Nikolai Vasilievich Gogol
British Dictionary definitions for chessman


/ˈtʃɛsˌmæn; -mən/
noun (pl) -men
any of the eight pieces and eight pawns used by each player in a game of chess
Word Origin
C17: back formation from chessmen, from Middle English chessemeyne chess company, from meynie, menye company, body of men, from Old French meyné
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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