chess

noun (1)
\ ˈches How to pronounce chess (audio) \

Definition of chess

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a game for 2 players each of whom moves 16 pieces according to fixed rules across a checkerboard and tries to checkmate the opponent's king

chess

noun (2)

Definition of chess (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a weedy annual European bromegrass (Bromus secalinus) widely naturalized in North America as a weed especially in grain
2 : any of several weedy bromegrasses related to chess

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Noun (1)

chessboard with chess pieces arranged as at the beginning of a game

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First Known Use of chess

Noun (1)

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1736, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for chess

Noun (1)

Middle English ches, from Anglo-French escheks, eschés, plural of eschec check at chess — more at check

Noun (2)

origin unknown

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The first known use of chess was in the 14th century

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“Chess.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/chess. Accessed 19 Sep. 2021.

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chess

noun
\ ˈches How to pronounce chess (audio) \

Kids Definition of chess

: a game for two players in which each player moves 16 pieces according to fixed rules across a checkerboard and tries to place the opponent's king in a position from which it cannot escape

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