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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Days fill up with lobster barbecues and backgammon challenges, while evening activities often include marshmallow roasts around a fire or twilight picnics on a nearby island. Kate Betts, WSJ, "An Upscale Summer Camp for Grown-ups in Maine," 16 May 2018 At the Cafe Byzantio, Greeks savor baklava desserts while playing backgammon. Liz Alderman, New York Times, "Greece May Be Turning a Corner. Greeks Who Fled Are Staying Put.," 5 June 2018 And in the 1990s, Gerald Tesauro, also from IBM, built a backgammon program that pitted the algorithm against itself. Joshua Sokol, The Atlantic, "AI Keeps Mastering Games, But Can It Win in the Real World?," 27 Feb. 2018 The former resident of Greenway in Guilford enjoyed playing bridge and backgammon. Frederick N. Rasmussen,, "Harvey R. Clapp III, lawyer, businessman and raconteur, dies," 6 Apr. 2018 The backgammon tournament did break down a few barriers. Isabel Kershner, New York Times, "In Jerusalem, Looking for Peace in Backgammon and Music," 9 Oct. 2017 Frigo, a former backgammon world champion, has been tackling such analytical challenges for more than a decade. Gentry Estes, The Courier-Journal, "This Louisville company is trying to change football. And the NFL is listening," 13 Dec. 2017 Alexander Bruno — a debonair expat backgammon player with telepathic capabilities — travels the world beating wealthy opponents at the game. Joumana Khatib, New York Times, "Paperback Row," 27 Oct. 2017 Must-haves: Garlic oil for ears, iPads loaded up and ready to go, noise canceling headphones, workbooks, coloring pencils, Shade sunblock (developed for surfers, best ever), and a backgammon board—my son is obsessed. Daise Bedolla, Vogue, "Traveling With Kids: ‘90s Supermodel Devon Aoki and Away Show How Its Done," 12 Sep. 2017

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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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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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