Try Our Apps


The Best Internet Slang


[fee-uh n-ket-oh, -chet-oh] /ˌfi ənˈkɛt oʊ, -ˈtʃɛt oʊ/ Chess.
noun, plural fianchetti
[fee-uh n-ket-ee, -chet-ee] /ˌfi ənˈkɛt i, -ˈtʃɛt i/ (Show IPA)
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.
verb (used with or without object), fianchettoed, fianchettoing.
to set up or develop as a fianchetto.
Origin of fianchetto
From Italian, dating back to 1840-50; See origin at flank, -et Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
Cite This Source
British Dictionary definitions for fianchetto


/ˌfɪənˈtʃɛtəʊ; -ˈkɛtəʊ/
noun (pl) -tos, -ti (-tiː)
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
verb -toes, -toing, -toed
to develop (a bishop) thus
Word Origin
C19: from Italian diminutive of fiancoflank
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for fianchetto

chess move, Italian, diminutive of fianco "flank" (attack), from Old French flanc "hip, side" (see flank (n.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for fianchetto

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for fianchetto

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for fianchetto