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 The checkered print is very CEO, and the gold bangles are fun. Elizabeth Logan, Glamour, 15 June 2022 Solar sails have a relatively short and checkered history. Elizabeth Gamillo, Smithsonian Magazine, 26 May 2022 At the white flag, Rossi had 2.5 seconds to go and worked his way into the TV shot as Power took the checkered flag; the final gap was just 1.0027 seconds. Nathan Brown, The Indianapolis Star, 5 June 2022 Across the signature 3-Stripes, there is a checkered waffle pattern in dark brown as a nod to the legendary waffles being cooked. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, 4 Apr. 2022 The racing was clean from the restart to the checkered flag and Bowman bested the reigning NASCAR champion for his first win of the season. Jenna Fryer, orlandosentinel.com, 7 Mar. 2022 From the seat vacated by Keselowski, 23-year-old rookie Austin Cindric took the checkered flag in just his eight Cup start and in what will be his first full Cup Series season. al, 22 Apr. 2022 The racing was clean from the restart to the checkered flag and Bowman bested the reigning NASCAR champion for his first win of the season. Jenna Fryer, orlandosentinel.com, 7 Mar. 2022 The racing was clean from the restart to the checkered flag and Bowman bested the reigning NASCAR champion for his first win of the season. Jenna Fryer, orlandosentinel.com, 7 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of checkered

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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20 Jun 2022

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“Checkered.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/checkered. Accessed 18 Aug. 2022.

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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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