- 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.
Origin of checkmate
OTHER WORDS FROM checkmateun·check·mat·ed, adjective
Words nearby checkmate
How to use checkmate in a sentence
Because when it comes to moving against the virus, we’re a long way from 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.
Somebody knew exactly what was going on, somebody was at work to checkmate the dark design.The Weight of the Crown|Fred M. White
You and I will try to checkmate that pack if there is anything uncanny in it.Fifty-Two Stories For Girls|Various
The ruffian was counting confidently on having things his own way, and Matt was wondering how he could checkmate him.Motor Matt's Mystery|Stanley R. Matthews
Victory for the South became immediately impossible, no matter how long the final checkmate might be delayed.Invention|Bradley A. Fiske
If the Austrian minister could accomplish this, he could thereby checkmate Prussian ambitions for leadership in Germany.The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte|William Milligan Sloane
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