check·​er·​board ˈche-kər-ˌbȯrd How to pronounce checkerboard (audio)
: a board used in various games (such as checkers) with usually 64 squares in 2 alternating colors
: 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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Word History

First Known Use

1775, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of checkerboard was in 1775

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“Checkerboard.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2023.

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check·​er·​board -ˌbō(ə)rd How to pronounce checkerboard (audio)
: a board used in games and marked with 64 squares in two colors

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