[ches-bawrd, -bohrd]


the board, identical with a checkerboard, used for playing chess.

Origin of chessboard

1400–50; late Middle English. See chess1, board Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of chessboard

Historical Examples of chessboard

  • Of the divine frivolity of laughter he was only capable over a chessboard.


    Joseph Conrad

  • The Cuban bent his brows as if he were reflecting over a chessboard.


    Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer

  • “I like him,” she said, and stepped forward toward the chessboard.

    The Blue Wall

    Richard Washburn Child

  • In A we use counters; in B we can employ rooks on a corner of a chessboard.

    The Canterbury Puzzles

    Henry Ernest Dudeney

  • He replaced the pieces on the chessboard, and looked for the explanation of failure, but in vain.

    The Immortal

    Alphonse Daudet

British Dictionary definitions for chessboard



a square board divided into 64 squares of two alternating colours, used for playing chess or draughts
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