backgammon

noun
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 Among the artifacts found on the ship were bowls, spoons, a wooden backgammon game, musical instruments, leather book covers and quill pens and ink pots, offering a glimpse into life and leisure on the ship. NBC News, "Shipwreck reveals surprising racial diversity of Henry VIII's England," 5 May 2021 Got back and played backgammon with Monty in schoolroom, as the others weren’t back. Annie Goldsmith, Town & Country, "A Never-Before-Published Diary Reveals What Life Was Like for Queen Elizabeth in WWII," 4 May 2021 Computer backgammon games soon evolved into a relationship and eventually, two children. Patty Nieberg, Star Tribune, "'The world got dimmer': Shooting victims' lives remembered," 25 Mar. 2021 Computer backgammon games soon evolved into a relationship and eventually, two children. Patty Nieberg, Star Tribune, "'The world got dimmer': Shooting victims' lives remembered," 25 Mar. 2021 Another favorite is a backgammon set by Designs that Donate whose proceeds benefit a charity of your choice. Julie Tong, Vogue, "The Vogue Wedding Registry for the Unconventional, Avant-Garde Bride," 5 Apr. 2021 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

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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 May 2021

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“Backgammon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/backgammon. Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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backgammon

noun

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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