[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
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Examples from the Web for chessmen
Historical Examples of chessmen
They would stick nicely, and stand up as straight as any chessmen.
It was laid away in a chest with the chessmen, ready to receive the picture.
Layton made no reply, but began to set the chessmen upon the board at random.
But she rose and brought the box of chessmen, while he rolled the table from its corner.
He gave up after awhile, and put the chessmen away in their proper places.
British Dictionary definitions for chessmen
- 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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Word Origin and History for chessmen
also chess-men, late 15c., from chess + men.
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