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kriegspiel

[kreeg-speel, -shpeel, kreek-]
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noun
  1. (sometimes initial capital letter) a game using small figures and counters that represent troops, ships, etc., played on a map or miniature battlefield, developed for teaching military tactics to officers.
  2. a form of chess in which both players see only their own pieces on a board in front of them and must remember the opponent's moves as told to them by a referee who maintains a third board on which the play of both players is shown.
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Origin of kriegspiel

1805–15; < German Kriegsspiel, equivalent to Krieg(e)s, genitive of Krieg war + Spiel game
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Historical Examples

  • We then proceeded to Kriegspiel, according to the mysterious ideas of those in authority over us.

    The World Set Free

    Herbert George Wells

  • Each leader assumed that the moves of the Kriegspiel had been correctly played and that there was nothing more to be done.

    A Handbook of the Boer War

    Gale and Polden, Limited

  • It is said that the Prussian officers play at a game called Kriegspiel, or the war game.

  • The northern third of Natal is as vulnerable a military position as a player of kriegspiel could wish to have submitted to him.

    The Great Boer War

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • Nowhere can fiction p. 364give us one to match her, not even the ‘Kriegspiel’ heroine, who touched me to the deeps.


British Dictionary definitions for kriegspiel

kriegspiel

noun
  1. (sometimes capital) a form of war game in which symbols representing military formations are moved about on maps
  2. a variation of chess in which each player has his own board and men and does not see his opponent's board and men. The moves are regulated by an umpire on a third board out of sight of both players
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Word Origin

C19: from German Kriegsspiel war game
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Word Origin and History for kriegspiel

n.

war games played with pieces on maps, 1811 as a German word in English, from German Kriegsspiel, literally "war game," from Krieg "war," from Middle High German kriec, "combat," mostly "exertion, effort; opposition, enmity, resistance," from Old High German chreg "stubbornness, defiance, obsinancy," perhaps from PIE *gwere- "heavy" (see grave (adj.)) or cognate with Greek hybris "violence" (see hubris; cf. also war (n.)). For second element, see spiel (n.). Introduced 1870s as officer training in British army.

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