checkerboard

noun
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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As a result, the landscape across the state is a checkerboard of communities that allow and ban marijuana businesses. The Yakima Herald-republic, The Seattle Times, "Uprooting cannabis: Officials stepping up enforcement of ban on recreational marijuana businesses," 13 Apr. 2019 Popular designs include herringbone, Versailles (named for the original), Chantilly (named for yet another French château), checkerboard, mosaic, and basket. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "Parquet Flooring: What Exactly Is it?," 15 Apr. 2019 The little red men carry the parcels across a floor that resembles a giant checkerboard and plunk them down chutes to sacks. Danielle Paquette, The Seattle Times, "Robots at Chinese e-commerce giant making workers obsolete," 10 Sep. 2018 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, chicagotribune.com, "Croatia's World Cup quarterfinals run revives national pride," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of checkerboard

1775, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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checkerboard

noun

English Language Learners Definition of checkerboard

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: 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

checkerboard

noun
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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