[chek-er-bawrd, -bohrd]

noun Also called, British, draughtboard (for def 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.
a design resembling this: The garden was laid out in a checkerboard.

verb (used with object)

to arrange in or mark with a checkerboard pattern: a wall checkerboarded with black and white tiles.

Nearby words

  1. checked swing,
  2. checkedy,
  3. checker,
  4. checkerberry,
  5. checkerbloom,
  6. checkered,
  7. checkered career,
  8. checkered flag,
  9. checkered lily,
  10. checkers

Origin of checkerboard

First recorded in 1765–75; checker1 + board Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for checkerboard



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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