pa·​chi·​si | \ pə-ˈchē-zē How to pronounce pachisi (audio) \

Definition of pachisi

: an ancient board game played with dice and counters on a cruciform board in which players attempt to be the first to reach the home square

Examples of pachisi in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There are paintings which show Shiva and Parvati playing pachisi, while Mahabharata has Karna and Duryodhana’s wife playing ashta chemma. Mallik Thatipalli, Quartz India, "Children once learned ethics and life lessons from board games—then PUBG came along," 13 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of pachisi

1867, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pachisi

Hindi & Urdu pacīsī, from pacīs twenty-five

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“Pachisi.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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