[ chek-er-bawrd, -bohrd ]
/ ˈtʃɛk ərˌbɔrd, -ˌboʊrd /

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

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British Dictionary definitions for checkerboard

/ (ˈtʃɛkəˌbɔːd) /


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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