[puh-chee-zee, pah-]


a board game, originated in ancient India, in which four players advance four pieces each along a route on a cross-shaped board toward a center square by throws of cowrie shells or dice.
a modern version of this game.

Nearby words

  1. pacha,
  2. pachalic,
  3. pachelbel,
  4. pachelbel, johann,
  5. pachinko,
  6. pachmann,
  7. pachmann, vladimir de,
  8. pachomius,
  9. pachouli,
  10. pachuca

Also par·che·si, par·chi·si [pahr-chee-zee] /pɑrˈtʃi zi/.

Origin of pachisi

1790–1800; < Hindi pacīsī, adj. derivative of pacīs twenty-five Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for pachisi



an Indian game somewhat resembling backgammon, played on a cruciform board using six cowries as dice

Word Origin for pachisi

C18: from Hindi pacīsī, from pacīs twenty-five (the highest score possible in one throw)

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