chessman

[ ches-man, -muh n ]
/ ˈtʃɛsˌmæn, -mən /

noun, plural chess·men [ches-men, -muh n] /ˈtʃɛsˌmɛn, -mən/.

any piece used in the game of chess.

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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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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