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[chek-er-bawrd, -bohrd]
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noun Also called, British, draughtboard (for def 1).
  1. a board marked off into 64 squares of two alternating colors, arranged in eight vertical and eight horizontal rows, on which checkers or chess is played.
  2. a design resembling this: The garden was laid out in a checkerboard.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to arrange in or mark with a checkerboard pattern: a wall checkerboarded with black and white tiles.
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Origin of checkerboard

First recorded in 1765–75; checker1 + board
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for checkerboard

web, chain, system, grid, organization, net, structure, convolution, nexus, plexus, wattle, circuitry, fabric, arrangement, crisscross, complex, maze, fiber, labyrinth, mesh

Examples from the Web for checkerboard

Contemporary Examples of checkerboard

Historical Examples of checkerboard

  • "The same," says Montague, waving the starboard extension of the checkerboard.

    Cape Cod Stories

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • The checkerboard feller was standing up when we opened the door.

    Cape Cod Stories

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • Checkerboard patterns of brown and green grew larger and larger.

    High Adventure

    James Norman Hall

  • It was lined off as precisely as a checkerboard, with counters, drawers, compartments.

    The Last Place on Earth

    James Judson Harmon

  • There is nothing of the checkerboard about it; the orderliness of a chess game is lacking.

British Dictionary definitions for checkerboard


  1. US and Canadian a square board divided into 64 squares of alternating colours, used for playing checkers or chessAlso called (in Britain and certain other countries): draughtboard
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