- an act or instance of maneuvering the opponent's king into a check from which it cannot escape, thus bringing the game to a victorious conclusion.
- the position of the pieces when a king is checkmated.
verb (used with object), check·mat·ed, check·mat·ing.
Words nearby checkmate
Origin of checkmate
OTHER WORDS FROM checkmateun·check·mat·ed, adjective
Examples from the Web for checkmate
Under these circumstances many devices were resorted to to checkmate their political moves.
Once a case is made that a leak might be imminent, it is checkmate: the agent is thwarted.
You can bet your life 'at this job's been done by them whose little game Wallingford were going to checkmate!In the Mayor's Parlour|J. S. (Joseph Smith) Fletcher
He must checkmate England and openly throw his influence into the German scale.A Modern Mercenary|Kate Prichard and Hesketh Vernon Hesketh-Prichard
Seems to me it's about the most beautiful case of checkmate that I've known.The Scouts of Stonewall|Joseph A. Altsheler
"The checkmate shall be perfect and complete by the move of one knight alone," returned Philidor.'The Humour and Pathos of Anglo-Indian Life|Dr. Ticklemore
Once more this is checkmate, for the K has no possible move.Three Hundred Things a Bright Boy Can Do|Anonymous
British Dictionary definitions for checkmate
- the winning position in which an opponent's king is under attack and unable to escape
- the move by which this position is achieved