checkered

adjective
check·​ered | \ ˈche-kərd How to pronounce checkered (audio) \

Definition of checkered

1 : marked by alternating squares of different colors, shades, or materials a checkered fabric checkered tablecloths — see also checkered flag
2 : marked by alternation or contrast of fortune … the best album of his checkered career— Mark Coleman especially : marked by many problems or failures … had a checkered past that included convictions for battery and tax evasion. — Charlotte Triggs et al.

Examples of checkered in a Sentence

He has had a checkered career with many ups and downs.
Recent Examples on the Web There will be six segments of racing — the first four being 15 green-flag laps each, before a 30-lap segment that must include a four-tire stop for which the fastest pit crew will get $100,000, and then 10 laps to the checkered flag. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, 13 June 2021 There will be unlimited attempts at a green-white-checkered finish to complete the race. Jenna Fryer, Star Tribune, 6 May 2021 There will be six segments of racing — the first four being 15 green-flag laps each, before a 30-lap segment that must include a four-tire stop for which the fastest pit crew will get $100,000, and then 10 laps to the checkered flag. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, 13 June 2021 From podium finish to race winner, Arrow McLaren driver Pato O’Ward overtook Josef Newgarden in the final three laps Sunday to win his second checkered flag of the season in Dual II of the Detroit Grand Prix at Belle Isle. Mia Berry, Detroit Free Press, 13 June 2021 There will be six segments of racing — the first four being 15 green-flag laps each, before a 30-lap segment that must include a four-tire stop for which the fastest pit crew will get $100,000, and then 10 laps to the checkered flag. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, 13 June 2021 There will be six segments of racing — the first four being 15 green-flag laps each, before a 30-lap segment that must include a four-tire stop for which the fastest pit crew will get $100,000, and then 10 laps to the checkered flag. Stephen Hawkins, orlandosentinel.com, 12 June 2021 More on an epic Sunday at the Indy 500: The scene after Castroneves took the checkered flag was unlike any in Indy 500 history — a combination of a beloved driver's historic win and coming after a year where fans were forced to watch from home. Stefan Krajisnik, The Indianapolis Star, 31 May 2021 Make no mistake, Justin Bieber took the checkered flag with his sixth and latest album, Justice. Billboard Staff, Billboard, 26 May 2021

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First Known Use of checkered

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Checkered.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/checkered. Accessed 23 Jul. 2021.

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checkered

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of checkered

: having a pattern made up of squares of different colors
: including good parts and bad parts
: including many problems or failures

checkered

adjective
check·​ered | \ ˈche-kərd How to pronounce checkered (audio) \

Kids Definition of checkered

: having a pattern made up of squares of different colors

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