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 Can’t get enough of games like Go Fish and backgammon that will bring out some serious nostalgia vibes? Ryan Shea, Glamour, "8 Games to Play on Zoom With Family and Friends Over the Holidays," 23 Dec. 2020 Outside, on a cold November day, a group of pensioners clad in masks played games of chess and backgammon. Inna Lazareva, Washington Post, "Georgian women ruled chess in the Soviet era. A new generation chases the same ‘Queen’s Gambit’ glory.," 13 Dec. 2020 Speaking of kids, the Pacifica's optional rear-seat entertainment system also received some updates and now includes more games, including chess and backgammon. Drew Dorian, Car and Driver, "Tested: 2021 Chrysler Pacifica AWD Delivers Family Transport for All Four Seasons," 19 Nov. 2020 From Go to backgammon, Nine Men’s Morris and mancala, these were the cutthroat, quirky and surprisingly spiritual board games of the ancient world. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Best Board Games of the Ancient World," 6 Feb. 2020 During the medieval period, as many as 25 versions of backgammon, including France’s Tric-Trac, Sweden’s Bräde and Britain’s somewhat confusingly titled Irish, popped up across the continent. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Best Board Games of the Ancient World," 6 Feb. 2020 The tasting room is full of things to do while sipping, including shuffleboard and barrel-top backgammon, chess and checkers. Matt Kettmann,, "Carr Winery is the Santa Barbara winery to spend the day," 22 June 2020 Board games such as chess and backgammon have jumped in popularity., "Bain Capital one of two possible buyers for Virgin Australia," 3 June 2020 Seeing morale as key to health, Olmsted called for jelly, booze, and backgammon boards. Matt Dellinger, The New Yorker, "Frederick Law Olmsted’s War on Disease and Disunity," 16 May 2020

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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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9 Jan 2021

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“Backgammon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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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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