[ches-bawrd, -bohrd]

Origin of chessboard

1400–50; late Middle English. See chess1, board Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for chess-board

Historical Examples of chess-board

  • And that this matter was neglected over the chess-board might well be accounted a mistake.

  • This, then, was the chess-board on which the game of submarine warfare was played.

    Submarine Warfare of To-day

    Charles W. Domville-Fife

  • What the knight is to the chess-board, the adventurer is to real life.

    Sir Jasper Carew

    Charles James Lever

  • We were seated on a sofa, and on the table in front of us was a chess-board.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete

    Jacques Casanova de Seingalt

  • Of the divine frivolity of laughter he was only capable over a chess-board.


    Joseph Conrad

British Dictionary definitions for chess-board


  1. a square board divided into 64 squares of two alternating colours, used for playing chess or draughts
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Word Origin and History for chess-board

mid-15c., from chess + board (n.1).

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