chess·​board ˈches-ˌbȯrd How to pronounce chessboard (audio)
: a checkerboard used in the game of chess

Examples of chessboard in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Then a new piece is suddenly added to the chessboard. Patrick Radden Keefe, The New Yorker, 25 Dec. 2023 Beautiful handmade chessboards grace tables, and the impressive library stocks titles by Colson Whitehead and Emily St. John Mandel. Maria Shollenbarger, Travel + Leisure, 16 Sep. 2023 Marvel needed at least one person who could see the entire chessboard. Bypaolo Confino, Fortune, 13 Nov. 2023 Mark Kelly Today’s existential questions about artificial intelligence began in 1997 over a chessboard. Bruce Pandolfini and Max Raskin, WSJ, 1 Nov. 2023 The next piece on the global chessboard is China, which Biden — like Trump before him — has identified as the United States’ main competitor. Doyle McManus, Los Angeles Times, 29 Oct. 2023 The South China Sea, famous for its commerce, abundant fishing grounds, and massive reservoirs of oil and natural gas, is now known as something else entirely: a chessboard for the struggle between the United States and China. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 28 Aug. 2023 Then, as now, on the chessboard of Israel’s military planning, the fighter jet with the Star of David on the fuselage was considered the largest piece: nearly 50 percent of Israel’s defense budget went to its air force. Uri Kaufman, Foreign Affairs, 20 Oct. 2023 The sudden emergence of a strong third-party force shook up the political chessboard. Natalie Alcoba, The Christian Science Monitor, 27 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of chessboard was in the 15th century

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“Chessboard.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

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