passed pawn


: a chess pawn that has no enemy pawn in front of it on its own or an adjacent file

Example Sentences

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Word History

First Known Use

1777, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of passed pawn was in 1777

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“Passed pawn.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2022.

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