noun, plural in form but singular in construction
check·​ers | \ ˈche-kərz How to pronounce checkers (audio) \

Definition of checkers

: a checkerboard game for 2 players each with 12 pieces

Examples of checkers in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Background checkers could dig into juvenile records that are now sealed. Los Angeles Times, 16 June 2022 The role of these fact-checkers has become more critical since Russia invaded Ukraine on Feb. 24. Washington Post, 12 Apr. 2022 Independent fact-checkers, including Reuters and the Associated Press, have debunked the claim spreading on social media. Chiara Vercellone, USA TODAY, 5 Mar. 2022 What’s new: Gone are the days of human ticket checkers. Megan Michelson, Outside Online, 6 Oct. 2020 Reviewers love the size for teaching young kids the strategy of playing checkers, which—fun fact—has been around since 3,000 B.C.E. Kathleen Willcox, Popular Mechanics, 21 May 2022 Most important, Rappler had helped launch an innovative network of journalists, fact checkers, lawyers, activists, and academics to identify, track, and expose disinformation to voters. Sheila Coronel, The New Yorker, 17 May 2022 Numerous fact-checkers, news sites and health experts have debunked the claim. Mckenzie Sadeghi, USA TODAY, 26 Sep. 2021 Those claims have been debunked by fact-checkers who say federal judges routinely impose sentences below those guidelines in such cases. Bryan Schott, The Salt Lake Tribune, 23 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of checkers

1712, in the meaning defined above

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“Checkers.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Jun. 2022.

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check·​ers | \ ˈche-kərz How to pronounce checkers (audio) \

Kids Definition of checkers

: a game played on a checkerboard by two players each having twelve pieces


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