check·​er·​board | \-ˌbȯrd \

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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Cesta Collective’s fun checkerboard piece comes in the silhouette of a cheerful lunch pail, while Boyy’s mixed media bag is a festive melange of raffia, leather, and PVC. Madeline Fass, Vogue, "The Best Street Style–Approved Bags for Fall and Beyond," 27 Aug. 2018 Clipped into a graphic harness-meets-vest, Smith opted for a utility vest fitted with flame and checkerboard prints. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Jaden Smith Just Took the Fanny Pack to the Next Level," 25 Aug. 2018 Do soccer players really want to look like checkerboards? Vanessa Friedman, New York Times, "A Fashion Expert and a Football Expert Had a Conversation About World Cup Kits," 15 June 2018 Some were passed their children, some were passed their flag — both ended up draped around the players, as a checkerboard sea churned in the stands of the Luzhniki Stadium. Rory Smith, New York Times, "Croatia Digs Deeper, Burying England’s World Cup Dreams," 12 July 2018 On September 26, a match between Partizan Belgrade and Hajduk Split was interrupted as home fans waving Croatia's checkerboard flag invaded the pitch and Partizan players fled. Lajla Veselica And Nicolas Gaudichet,, "Croatia's World Cup quarterfinals run revives national pride," 5 July 2018 The Croats have not worn their white-and-red checkerboard shirts since their opener against Nigeria. Ronald Blum, The Seattle Times, "Can Southgate rouse England before Croatia match?," 9 July 2018 One is red and black checkerboard, and across the way from it is one with popsicle sticks, a la the park benches elsewhere in TSL. Dewayne Bevil,, "What we didn't tell you about Disney's Toy Story Land," 5 July 2018 Andrew Das: Croatia in anything but the checkerboard feels like a letdown, but that Perisic shot nearly makes everyone forget. Tariq Panja, New York Times, "Croatia Buries Argentina’s World Cup Hopes in a Deep Hole," 22 June 2018

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First Known Use of checkerboard

1775, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of checkerboard

: a board that is marked with squares of two different colors (such as white and black) and that is used in various games (such as checkers)

: something that has a pattern or arrangement of squares that looks like a checkerboard


check·​er·​board | \ˈche-kər-ˌbȯrd \

Kids Definition of checkerboard

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

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