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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4 Mar 2021

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“Checkerboard.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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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 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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