fi·​an·​chet·​to ˌfē-ən-ˈke-(ˌ)tō How to pronounce fianchetto (audio) -ˈche- How to pronounce fianchetto (audio)
fianchettoed; fianchettoing; fianchettos

transitive verb

: to develop (a bishop) in a chess game to the second square on the adjacent knight's file

intransitive verb

: to fianchetto a bishop

Word History


fianchetto an opening in chess, from Italian, diminutive of fianco side, flank, from Old French flanc — more at flank

First Known Use

1927, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of fianchetto was in 1927

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Cite this Entry

“Fianchetto.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Mar. 2023.

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