[ches-man, -muh n]
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
household (man, men
by folk etymology) < Middle French mesniée
< Latin mansiōn-
(stem of mansiō
); see mansion
Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
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.
"Don't talk to me that way, Barry," Chessman growled truculently.
The Tulans began dragging the snarling, cursing Chessman to the door.
And why I did not take my revenge on Chessman after he'd killed Reif.
Chessman assumed command of the men, growled brief instructions.
British Dictionary definitions for chessman
- 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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