[bak-gam-uh n, bak-gam-]
  1. a game for two persons played on a board having two tables or parts, each marked with 12 points, and with both players having 15 pieces that are moved in accordance with throws of the dice.
  2. a victory at this game, especially one resulting in a tripled score.
verb (used with object)
  1. to defeat at backgammon, especially to win a triple score over.

Origin of backgammon

First recorded in 1635–45; back2 + gammon1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  1. a game for two people played on a board with pieces moved according to throws of the dice
  2. the most complete form of win in this game

Word Origin for backgammon

C17: back 1 + gammon, variant of game 1
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Word Origin and History for backgammon

1640s, baggammon, the second element from Middle English gamen, ancestor of game; the first element because pieces are sometimes forced to go "back." Known 13c.-17c. as tables.

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