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 Just as many conservatives believe that Silicon Valley and mainstream media are biased against them — that mistrust extends to Facebook's fact-checkers, too. Mckenna Ewen, CNN, "A crease in Biden's shirt wrinkles the facts," 2 Oct. 2020 This one will have a unique fun factor in the form of a game room with adult-size versions of classics like checkers and Connect Four. Eric Rosen, Condé Nast Traveler, "AmEx's New Denver Centurion Lounge Takes Inspiration from the Rocky Mountains," 29 Jan. 2021 Media fact checkers determined that 97% of last year’s protests involved no injuries and no property damage. WSJ, "Capitol Events and Excusing Violent Actions," 15 Jan. 2021 Its writers are perceptive, engaged, and stunningly good at their craft; the editors and fact checkers carry on a tradition of care and attention to detail that is at odds with common practice across much of the infosphere. Bill Mckibben, The New Yorker, "Can Wall Street’s Heaviest Hitter Step Up to the Plate on Climate Change?," 24 Dec. 2020 False claims unrelated to the virus are sent to the platform’s network of third-party fact-checkers, and such stories are left up with a fact-checking label. Washington Post, "Vaccine opponents outline online campaigns to sow distrust in coronavirus vaccine," 23 Dec. 2020 Fact-checkers at the AP and other outlets have debunked the far-fetched claims, while Trump’s own attorney general and cybersecurity officials have found no evidence of voter fraud. Joshua Goodman,, "Company targeted by baseless vote fraud claims strikes back at Trump, threatens legal action," 14 Dec. 2020 Fact checkers from Reuters and Politifact have also debunked claims that Keenan is a crisis actor. Camille Caldera, USA TODAY, "Fact check: Posts falsely claim first vaccine recipients in the UK are 'crisis actors'," 11 Dec. 2020 And in the end … the moves deployed by President Gersson Rosas and his staff seemed more like a nice, wholesome game of checkers. Michael Rand, Star Tribune, "Timberwolves trade for Ricky Rubio is all about family," 19 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of checkers

1712, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of checkers was in 1712

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22 Feb 2021

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“Checkers.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of checkers

US : a game played on a board (called a checkerboard) by two players who each have 12 round pieces called checkers


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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