[ bak-gam-uhn, bak-gam- ]
/ ˈbækˌgæm ən, ˌbækˈgæm- /
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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.
a victory at this game, especially one resulting in a tripled score.

verb (used with object)

to defeat at backgammon, especially to win a triple score over.



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Origin of backgammon

First recorded in 1635–45; back2 + gammon1
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British Dictionary definitions for backgammon

/ (ˈbækˌɡæmən, bækˈɡæmən) /


a game for two people played on a board with pieces moved according to throws of the dice
the most complete form of win in this game
C17: back 1 + gammon, variant of game 1
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