[fee-uh n-ket-oh, -chet-oh]Chess.
- the development of a bishop, in an opening move, by advancing one or two pawns so as to permit movement along the bishop's diagonal.
- to set up or develop as a fianchetto.
Origin of fianchetto
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- the development of a bishop on the second rank of the neighbouring knight's file or the third rank of the nearer rook's file
- to develop (a bishop) thus
C19: from Italian diminutive of fianco flank
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Word Origin and History for fianchetto
chess move, Italian, diminutive of fianco "flank" (attack), from Old French flanc "hip, side" (see flank (n.)).
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