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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
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  • And almost as Chichikov spoke he saw a third chessman coming into view between the queens.

    Dead Souls Nikolai Vasilievich Gogol
  • "I 'm off my play; I have not touched a chessman these three years," said Ogden, pettishly.

    One Of Them Charles James Lever
  • The Queen seeing him at dinner at Whitehall gave him her hand to kiss, and afterwards a chessman as favour.

    Great Ralegh Hugh De Selincourt
  • "I know you and your poor play," said Nozdrev, moving a chessman.

    Dead Souls Nikolai Vasilievich Gogol
  • The hatch opened, the steel landing stair snaked out, and the hefty Plekhanov stepped down, closely followed by chessman.

    Adaptation Dallas McCord Reynolds
  • Again she cheats by changing a chessman while Peter is looking away, and the loser is thrown into prison again.

    Italian Popular Tales Thomas Frederick Crane
  • "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
  • chessman growled over his shoulder, "The same it was last month, and the same it'll be next month."

    Adaptation Dallas McCord Reynolds
  • chessman pushed some of the dispatches on his desk aside, letting them flutter to the floor.

    Adaptation Dallas McCord Reynolds
  • Plekhanov, flanked by chessman and Watson, strode heavily toward the ship's lounge.

    Adaptation Dallas McCord Reynolds
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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