Definition of


  1. (noun, act) a chess move constituting an inescapable and indefensible attack on the opponent's king
  2. (noun, event) complete victory
  3. (verb, competition) place an opponent's king under an attack from which it cannot escape and thus ending the game

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Synonyms of Checkmate


Alternate forms of Checkmate

Derivations: checkmate

Hypernyms: beat, beat out, chess move, crush, shell, triumph, trounce, vanquish, victory

Origin of the word Checkmate

  1. c.1346, from O.Fr. eschec mat, ult. from Pers. shah mat, lit. "the king is left helpless," from shah "king" + mat "he is dead." more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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