[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.

Origin of checkerboard

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

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



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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