Mathematics. a set of entries in a square matrix running either from upper left to lower right (main diagonal or principal diagonal) or lower left to upper right (secondary diagonal)
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Chess. one of the oblique lines of squares on a chessboard:
He advanced his bishop along the open diagonal.
Origin
1535-45; < Latindiagōnālis < Greekdiagṓn(ios) from angle to angle (see dia-, -gon) + Latin-ālis-al^{1}
1540s (implied in diagonally), from Middle French diagonal, from Latin diagonalis, from diagonus "slanting line," from Greek diagonios "from angle to angle," from dia- "across" (see dia-) + gonia "angle," related to gony "knee" (see knee (n.)). As a noun, from 1570s.