[ ches-man, -muhn ]
/ ˈtʃɛsˌmæn, -mən /
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noun, plural chess·men [ches-men, -muhn]. /ˈtʃɛsˌmɛn, -mən/.
any piece used in the game of chess.
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Origin of chessman

1275–1325; Middle English; earlier chesse meyne, equivalent to chessechess1 + meyne household (man, men by folk etymology) <Middle French mesniée<Latin mansiōn- (stem of mansiō); see mansion
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British Dictionary definitions for chessman

/ (ˈtʃɛsˌmæn, -mən) /

noun plural -men
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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