chessman

[ches-man, -muh n]

Origin of chessman

1275–1325; Middle English; earlier chesse meyne, equivalent to chesse chess1 + meyne household (man, men by folk etymology) < Middle French mesniée < Latin mansiōn- (stem of mansiō); see mansion
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Examples from the Web for chessman

Historical Examples of chessman

  • "I 'm off my play; I have not touched a chessman these three years," said Ogden, pettishly.

    One Of Them

    Charles James Lever

  • "Don't talk to me that way, Barry," Chessman growled truculently.

    Adaptation

    Dallas McCord Reynolds

  • The Tulans began dragging the snarling, cursing Chessman to the door.

    Adaptation

    Dallas McCord Reynolds

  • And why I did not take my revenge on Chessman after he'd killed Reif.

    Adaptation

    Dallas McCord Reynolds

  • Plekhanov rumbled at him, "I'll explain our position, Chessman, if you please."

    Adaptation

    Dallas McCord Reynolds


British Dictionary definitions for chessman

chessman

noun plural -men
  1. any of the eight pieces and eight pawns used by each player in a game of chess

Word Origin for chessman

C17: back formation from chessmen, from Middle English chessemeyne chess company, from meynie, menye company, body of men, from Old French meyné
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