pa·​chi·​si pə-ˈchē-zē How to pronounce pachisi (audio)
: 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, 13 Nov. 2019

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Word History


Hindi & Urdu pacīsī, from pacīs twenty-five

First Known Use

1867, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of pachisi was in 1867

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“Pachisi.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jul. 2024.

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