check·​er·​board | \ ˈche-kər-ˌbȯrd How to pronounce checkerboard (audio) \

Definition of checkerboard

1 : a board used in various games (such as checkers) with usually 64 squares in 2 alternating colors
2 : something that has a pattern or arrangement like a checkerboard

Examples of checkerboard in a Sentence

The fields formed a checkerboard of light and dark squares.
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First Known Use of checkerboard

1775, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Checkerboard.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Oct. 2022.

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check·​er·​board | \ ˈche-kər-ˌbȯrd How to pronounce checkerboard (audio) \

Kids Definition of checkerboard

: a board marked with 64 squares in two colors and used for games (as checkers)

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