Definition of chess noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//tʃes//
; NAmE NAmE//tʃes//
[uncountable] Board games
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a game for two people played on a board marked with black and white squares on which each playing piece (representing a king, queen, castle, etc.) is moved according to special rules. The aim is to put the other player’s king in a position from which it cannot escape (= to checkmate it). the position of the chess pieces on the board Alex plays chess as a hobby. See related entries: Board games Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French esches, plural of eschec ‘a check’ from medieval Latin scaccus, via Arabic from Persian šāh ‘king’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: chess