chess·​man | \ ˈches-ˌman How to pronounce chessman (audio) , -mən \

Definition of chessman

: any of the pieces used in chess

Examples of chessman in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Sotheby's piece, the equivalent of a rook, is the first missing chessman to be identified. Fox News, "Viking Chess piece bought for less than $10 sells for over $900G," 3 July 2019 Though never explicitly stated in the show, Ruth was envisioned as having studied Icelandic literature, and the Lewis chessmen were what came up when Shaw went looking for Viking chess sets. Karen Han, Vox, "Castle Rock showrunner Sam Shaw explains the series’ best episode yet," 26 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of chessman

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Chessman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of chessman

: any of the playing pieces used in chess : a chess piece

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