back·​gam·​mon | \ ˈbak-ˌga-mən How to pronounce backgammon (audio) , ˌbak-ˈga- \

Definition of backgammon

: a board game played with dice and counters in which players try to be the first to gather their pieces into one corner and then systematically remove them from the board

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Recent Examples on the Web There, where club members smoke hookah and cigars and play backgammon or poker in a warren of rooms downstairs, politicians have courted wealthy Iraqi Christians at glitzy fund-raisers over the years as the community grows in political influence. Liz Goodwin,, "They helped Trump win Michigan, then his immigration crackdown split their community," 13 Oct. 2019 From tic-tac-toe to backgammon, lots of table games come in wood. Washington Post, "As a novelty or a favorite, wooden toys can make great gifts," 20 Nov. 2019 Mendocino residents Suzanne Lemley Schein and her husband, Glenn, lost power on Saturday and have been spending the time since playing backgammon by candlelight and going to bed early. Washington Post, "Anger mounts as utility imposes more blackouts in California," 30 Oct. 2019 Back in 1992, IBM first developed a rudimentary A.I. that learned to become a better backgammon player through trial and error. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "A.I. Mastered Backgammon, Chess and Go. Now It Takes on StarCraft II," 31 Oct. 2019 Mendocino residents Suzanne Lemley Schein and her husband, Glenn, lost power on Saturday and have been spending the time since playing backgammon by candlelight and going to bed early. Janie Har And Jocelyn Gecker,, "As California utility imposes more fire-prevention blackouts, frustration and anger mount: ‘I don’t think PG&E really thought this through’," 29 Oct. 2019 While a serene color scheme of blues, whites and grays provides the backdrop for most of the house, Lester incorporated a few zippy hits of color, like the tomato-red backgammon table off of the living room, or the chartreuse downstairs bedroom. Emma Bazilian, House Beautiful, "See How Gray Malin Turned a Fixer-Upper Into a Dreamy Lake House," 18 June 2019 Like other owners of upscale apartments, Marks plans to host events intended to entice tenants away from their electronic devices into communal activities such as bowling leagues, movie nights and backgammon tournaments. Los Angeles Times, "Los Angeles apartment owners race to add luxury amenities," 11 Aug. 2019 And in the 1990s, Gerald Tesauro, also from IBM, built a backgammon program that pitted the algorithm against itself. Quanta Magazine, "Why Artificial Intelligence Like AlphaZero Has Trouble With the Real World," 21 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of backgammon

1647, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for backgammon

perhaps from back entry 3 + Middle English gamen, game game

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The first known use of backgammon was in 1647

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13 Jan 2020

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“Backgammon.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 18 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of backgammon

: a board game for two players in which the players throw dice and try to move all of their pieces around and off the board

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