[ chek-er-bawrd, -bohrd ]
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nounAlso 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.

verb (used with object)
  1. to arrange in or mark with a checkerboard pattern: a wall checkerboarded with black and white tiles.

Origin of checkerboard

First recorded in 1765–75; checker1 + board

Words Nearby checkerboard Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

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British Dictionary definitions for checkerboard


/ (ˈtʃɛkəˌbɔːd) /

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

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